I'm not sure what wars the US has lost, even Vietnam wasnt totally a loss, the US destroyed all possibility of that nation ever being an example of anything other than a piece of scorched earth and the entire conflict provided a testing ground for US military research and development, that's before you even begin to speculate about the "social policy" dimension of the war, sending all the "seditious or subversive" elements out into the world as cannon fodder.
So the losing is all in the mind? Because the Americans have definitely lost wars on paper.
Well, the loss in Vietnam would be no worse than the loss here. The USA will stand and no civilians will die at home (discounting anything terrorist-y, which is kind of a horse of different color to me). I'm not supporting the war, but what will happen if we pull out here doesn't seem so different from Vietnam. A government the US dislikes (and with less significant global power back-up) controls the foreign country, and with far less military deaths.
Is the Oz thing common in Australia? I think I've seen you do that a few times.
We are fond of the affectionate diminutive. So 'Oz' is the affectionate diminutive for Australia. And we apply the affectionate diminutive to everything, all the time, all except the words 'affectionate diminutive'.
We have received the word, and the word is 'China'. Our attention is to be directed away from the Middle East and towards China. And to this end we are to share our military bases on Australian soil with our major ally.
So the war in Afganistan is effectively over and we are girding our loins to confront China in the South China Sea.