i cannot recommend highly enough that you go out and buy the book "the bear trap". it will tell you everything you need to know about afghanistan and why we're in the situation we're in. yes, the book focuses on our proxy war w/the soviets there, but the lessons are the same. it's very valuable stuff.
they senate dems have a poor record of largely deferring to this republican president's picks. makes it even more important to get a dem in the white house who'll send solid SCOTUS picks up the hill for confirmation.
i'm sorry, but if she sits on the dnc and publicly endorses mccain, she needs to go.
in texas, we have a procedure for removing people from our party's governing board if they publicly work for and/or endorse our republican opponents. in fact we had an SDEC member removed in 2006 for that reason.
sorry, but if you are part of the governing board of the party, you need to work for the party's nominee. if she is not willing to follow bill clinton's advice (fall in love, then fall in live) then she needs to go.