This war has gone on far too long. This is the longest war the U.S. has ever fought in its history. It’s been over 10 years now. I think the U.S. military is tired and perhaps a demoralization has set in – the lack of purpose and aim. And we’ve seen that in these recent incidents. We’ve had three major incidents involving the U.S. military – this sniper who killed 16 Afghan civilians, the burning of the Korans and the U.S. soldiers urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban – there hasn’t been really, at the moment, any disciplinary action taken by the U.S. military against any of these perpetrators. And that has angered the Afghans enormously.
— Ahmed Rashid on the length of the war in Afghanistan.