A little good news is always worth passing on.
This blogger has grown to support the idea of putting the warlords friendly (or at least not opposed to) to the U.S. in positions of official power and responsibility. An example of this is the appointment of Mattiulah Khan as the Provincial Chief of Police (PCOP) in Uruzgan.
Since Khan’s taking office, he has been targeted by the Taliban but has survived and the locals are taking note of the security improvements in his province. The Victoria Times Colonist of Canada filed this report essentially endorsing the appointment of the warlord as the PCOP: Column: A rare sign of hope in Afghanistan.
Pockets of sanity in Afghanistan will prevail long after the U.S. departs but are unlikely to be in a western image. The secure areas will largely homogenous groups united around their culture (Bamiyan) and/or leaders (such as Mattiulah Khan). Few believe a central government in Kabul has any chance of lasting power without western intervention and money; federalism may be the only solution to retaining some image of a unified Afghanistan.