It is never hopeless, especially if you are doing the right thing, like we are. All it takes is the will to persist, and the skill to make your persistence hurt the enemy.
Now, Afghanistan? Yeah, not doing as well as Iraq; but then, all our focus was in Iraq, and we have been trying to stabilize Afghanistan by committee (doing things by committee is rarely a good idea). But then, things in Afghanistan were never as bad as Iraq was just a year ago. There some other complicating factors in Afghanistan that we didn’t have in Iraq, but I’m still confident Afghanistan will be stable within 2 years. If Obama doesn’t have the US cut and run.