Coot, I am not saying we bombed out the infrastructure or that we directly caused the demise of the country. However, it is evident the problem will not get better without serious help. You mention the bags of wheat which are finding their way to people through the black market. I submit it is far too little and it is not being managed properly. This will be a test. What will the terrorist propaganda machine turn out if we abandon this country? Do you honestly think we will be able to set up some sort of government there which won't be a sham? And finally, I am not saying we are worse than the "evil empire" you mention. Why is it every time I point out a deficiency I am accused of trashing the United States? I would expect you understand we have our failings. I can admit that, can't you? I am not ashamed to say the country I love is not perfect. I can't fathom how anyone could entertain any other way of looking at it. Shiny, I think you make a good point. However, if we don't fix these problems, they will come back to bite us in the ass. The terrorists need a new home(s) and all they need is poor, hungry and uneducated people to convince the populace of the injustice of the western world. We either fix these problems or wait for them to explode. Pup, thank you for addressing each of my points. You present a valid case. With regards to how we handle our foreign policy, with no continuity from election to election it becomes impossible for the rest of the world to "deal" with us. I believe we need to find a better/more consistent way to lay out a longer term plan in order to facilitate <i>real</i> change.