Remember that famous picture of the Afghan girl on the cover of National Geographic a couple of years back?
Look at those eyes.
Afghans have kicked the hinderparts of every proud superpower that's ever tried to enter and occupy them: from Alexander the Great down to the British Empire (whom they routed in disgrace), the USSR (whom they mangled and bankrupted), and now the USA.
I don't want to nuke them.
No, by God, I do not.
I do agree we should get the hell out.
Actually, the notion of Afghanistan as a “Graveyard of Empires” is a myth. Afghanistan used to be part of various empires down through the centuries, it only became independent a few hundred or so years ago under the Persian adventurer Durrani. No conquerer had it easy, granted, but Afghans aren’t invincible supermen. Also, I think that the British wanted Afghanistan to serve as a buffer, rather than a colonial possession.