It is said that those who try to do everything well will do nothing well.
In Afghanistan, we tried to do everything well, and have gotten marginal results. Instead, we should have concentrated on rooting out the insurgents, killing those unwilling to surrender, and then leaving behind a small detachment at Bagram.
The school building and electrical grid construction only slowed our progress, gave more targets to the Taliban, and spread thin our assets. We simply cannot rebuild a nation in the middle of a war.
Our lack of concentration has cost us dearly. If only we’d narrowed our focus, we’d already be done, and saving billions of dollars and hundreds of Soldiers’ lives.