I have a dream. I believe we can succeed in Afghanistan through a three pronged approach, all of which would stimulate our economy and theirs. The first prong would be to secure particular areas of Afghanistan as we are already doing. This is not enough and raises the risk of turning the hearts of the people against us as they see us occupying their country, standing in their neighborhoods with guns trained on the enemy hiding behind them. Therefore, we would activate the second level of engagement. Haivng trained a corps (modeled on the Peace Corps, or the Civilian Conservation Corps) of "helpers", whom we train in some familiarity with the language. We would set up medical centers for their sick (These need not be sophisticated medical centers. For these people without any medical resources at all, cursorily trained medical staff could be very helpful.) We would add various other helpers, who would guide them in their agriculture, in their financial enterprises, according to THEIR expressed needs. Obviously, we aren't going to be helping them in their drug trade. But how else are they going to earn a living? So thirdly, we would engage the support of pharmaceuticals. Maybe we would buy up all the poppies and work with our own pharmaceuticals to put them to use in various medicines. This would take a major commitment froom companies concerned about making money and the bottom line, not known for their humanitarian values. Or maybe we would find some other use for poppies in other products. (Not as lucrative or likely, I supporse) I know, I know. This is all very complicated and expensive. But perhaps, not as expensive as losing a war and turning an entire region against us. This may sound like pie in the sky. I know there are many intervening factors that confound the picture. But if we start with a vision, there may be a way.