While about 9,800 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan to support such a non-combat "train, advise, and assist mission," approximately 24,000 troops will be going home under President Obama's "drawdown plan" before the end of the year.
When it comes to military working dogs, these magnificent creatures perform heroic acts, are honored for them and receive awards and decorations, are given "military ranks" and eventually retire from their faithful service.
If you can't protect the population generally, from the perspective of COIN doctrine, you lose. If you lack a legitimate host nation government as a partner, you lose. And guess what? According to that doctrine the United States is losing. Badly.
I believe we would be taking a giant step forward if our media made a greater effort to tell us about what is actually working in Afghanistan (and Iraq) rather than telling us about so much that is not.