Confused about Afghanistan? Well, your not alone. The Small Wars Journal (SWJ) recently posted an editorial to address this very issue.
The piece is called: Aligning a Counterinsurgency Strategy for Afghanistan by Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Millen.
You'll find the Lieutenant stepping back and praising all the developmental, economic and political progress that has been happening in Afghanistan. But when it comes to the biggest problems, Millen claims that "insurgency, warlordism, and the neglect of the local communities" are the three sticking points that have yet to be fully addressed.