Despite its massive firepower and staggering base structure in Afghanistan, actual power is visibly slipping away from the United States. American officials are already talking about not panicking (which indicates that panic is indeed in the air).
Rick Santorum appeared on ABC's This Week apparently to demonstrate once and for all that he cannot be elected the next President of the United States and that soon after November he will slip into obscurity.
The question in Afghanistan now is how far will the protesters go? And will significant numbers of the Afghan National Army and Police join in. If this were to happen the choices facing the United States would be bleak.
America hasn't always found peaceful alternatives to stop aggression. Since 9//11 we've taken four steps along the path to end terrorism, but haven't yet taken step 5 -- the one with perhaps the greatest potential to de-claw terrorism, and to do it peacefully.
Frankly, I would prefer that crowds in the Muslim world came together in angry, peaceful protest not when Terry Jones issues his video plea for attention, but when the U.S. president submits the annual budget proposal for military spending.