According to this, from TomDispatch, our mission in Afghanistan is not a lot different from the USian one in Iraq. And, women are not better off as a result.
Tomgram: Ann Jones on the Nightmare of Afghan Women
This post can be found at http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=163092
Afghanistan remains the forgotten war and yet, in an eerie lockstep with Iraq, it seems to be following a distinctly Bush administration-style path toward “the gates of hell.” While almost all attention in Washington and the U.S. media has been focused on the President’s new “surge” plan in Iraq — is it for 21,000 or 50,000 American troops? Just how astronomical will the bills be? Just how strong will Congressional opposition prove? Just how bad, according to American intelligence, is the situation? — Afghanistan is experiencing its own quiet surge plan: more U.S. (and NATO) troops, more military aid, more reconstruction funds, more fighting, more casualties, heavier weaponry, more air power, more bad news, and predictions of worse to come.