Afghanistan is the graveyard of Empires according to Fisk. It certainly was for the British Empire, and the USSR. So! America is next on the list, with her pupeteers and string-pullers in Washington? Seeing that ordinary citizens don't usually constitute "Empire", but the Grey Eminences behind the throne do, therefore the former won't be hit by any Imperial Demise (which is good), only the latter will (which is excellent), perhaps this is the silver lining to the troubles in the Middle East. Loosely translated, that means that if we get rid of all the warmongers, the biased advisers, the bankers and lobbyists with hidden agendas, the weapon makers, the procurers of false information, and the usual Capital-haunting spivs, we may even get to see peace in our time. So perhaps Fisk is wrong in his gloomy outlook.
Thanks to DickBeldin SU for the site.