Eight years ago, NATO and a selection of allies invaded Afghanistan, scattered its Taliban government to the provinces -- and then promptly forgot about it, as attention turned to the mad morass of Iraq.

Though the motivating factor, 9/11, was a criminal act by a gang of young Saudi men, it seems pretty clear that they were funded and directed by an Al-Qaeda leadership living under the protection of the Taliban. Even if you thought that actual Afghan people shouldn't be bombed for the actions of their extreme leadership, the anti-war case was a hard one to make.