Notwithstanding, this is not America's war. This is a struggle to civilize the hornet's nest that time forgot. Terrorists based in Afghanistan attacked us in 2001 -- but their ilk are at war with civilization all over the globe, from India and Pakistan and Iraq and Afghanistan to Indonesia, Africa and elsewhere.
And while a "coalition of the willing" occasionally stands with us, it's mostly America that is shedding its blood to fight the world's battles for it.
Afghanistan, historically a caustic cauldron of chaos, is no different.
So be it. We'll go it largely alone. Because we have to.