Afghanistan has long been known as the "Graveyard of Empires". Does he see this as still true today?
Does he see the coalition (primarily US-UK) as having any realistic chance of success in achieving it's long-term goals there, or will Afghanistan be back to "business as usual" once foreign occupation forces leave?
The Taliban movement was created by Pakistan's intelligence services, by indoctrinating young Afghan refugees from the Soviet occupation in the '70's and '80's, in an attempt to gain influence in the country once the Red Army was expelled. Is the ISI still the driving force behind the Taliban, or have the Taliban grown out of their control?