Afghanistan et al are a little more complicated then that. Such comparisons are important to make, because one should sympathize with locals in Afghanistan, and empathize with their situation. The problem here is that the comparison is only fair in the abstract which is why it is attractive to Paultards. Libertarianism is attractive because it is simple to understand. When applied throughout public policy, it is irresponsible, and turns unabashed selfishness into a virtue. Did you notice the Dan Brown moment when ‘love’ turns to revolution? This is great marketing for the Ron Paul target market of the uninformed who might also believe in conspiracies, as they have a low level of trust in authority, and have a less nuanced appreciation for social responsibility, and community.