A Viable Business Model
GardenSERF points out an aspect of the AfPak conflict that, for some odd reason, hasn't gotten much play on the US infotainment media, except here.
Think about the lessons here:
1) The Great Satan's attention span, along with its tolerance for casualties and bad press, is exceptionally low;
2) Ergo, he'd rather pay Danegeld than withdraw outright or fight to a military victory; and
3) The only real open issue is the size of the bribe.
Kipling explained the phenomenon just about a century ago:
...It is always a temptation to a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say:
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away."
And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane...
Perhaps, someday, the North American Autonomous Zones (a/k/a The Restored American States)?