All the King's horses and all the King's men can't save one of the world's worst failed states, Afghanistan. The best you can do is perpetuate a failed state which is a little bit like leaving a brain-dead relative on a respirator.
We're told that Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead but until our military leaders get those same sort of powers they're not going to save Afghanistan.
The Guardian's Simon Tisdall captures the state of Afghanistan in his description of president Hamid Karzai's assassinated brother, Ahmed:
Ahmed Wali Karzai, who was gunned down in his home in Kandahar by a bodyguard, was in many ways the personification of modern-day Afghanistan – corrupt, treacherous, lawless, paradoxical, subservient and charming. Now with his violent death Karzai has also come to symbolise Afghanistan's enduring tragedy.
Tisdall goes on to explain that, along with being corrupt, treacherous, lawless and paradoxial, Ahmed Karzai was both to Kabul and the West indispensible. He was the respirator for the volatile southern region of his country. Now what? No one seems to know.