Now the slaughter begins.
Did we win?
Obama's "Surge" had no strategic underpinnings. By aping the successful Iraq surge Obama hoped to be viewed as a successful CiC. It was all PR.
Problem: Afghanistan has repeatedly swallowd armies larger than our own paltry 100,000 man force. There was never any prospect of success. All they had to do was ask the Russians. The Russians shelled the snot out of Grozny -- something we would never have done regardless the provocation. If they were that ruthless and loss what prospect for victory did we have?
Declare victory and bring everyone out. Nuke as needed to obtain Afghan diplomatic support.
Afghans add zero to the American way and quality of life.