The Afganistan venture is hanging by a thread and is not yet a success. It is supplied only by lines thru an increasingly unstable Islamic Pakistan and by an airfield in a small, destitute country, Islamic Kyrgyzstan, subject to success at being the highest bidder for airfield privileges. Russsia is apparently outbidding the US currently, as the new, coup- successful govt. says it wants the US out with Russia’s blessings and a desire to “help” Kyrgyzstan. Russia has an airfield there also and is moving in more troops in small numbers for security purposes.
NATO will up the bid via the US or be forced out.