Troop withdrawals don't solve weaknesses in Afghan strategy ... Given all the economic, political, and military considerations President Obama had to juggle in deciding on the size and pace of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, his compromise of starting slow but removing all 33,000 of the original surge forces by the end of 2012 is the least bad option. Still, success in getting US forces out of Afghanistan will depend less on troop numbers and timetables than on a sound strategy for generating a political resolution to the insurgency. – Boston Globe
Dominant Social Theme: Afghanistan needs a new beginning and the US will provide one.
Free-Market Analysis: How do dominant social themes collapse? In this case, when an irresistible force meets an immovable object. The memes of the elite are endlessly inventive and insistent, but the Afghan war has not allowed the fruition of the meme that "the West is Good, the Pashtun are Bad and that Afghanistan needs to be rescued from Islamic extremism."
Now another Western power elite sub dominant social theme is being floated: The US, nobly defeated by Islamic fanatics, will do what it can to salvage freedom on behalf of the Afghan people.