* In 2002, there were only about 32 miles of paved road. International donors have extended that to more than 7,450 miles of road that join Afghan cities.
* In 2001, Afghanistan had only 10,000 fixed telephone lines and no electronic media. Access to electricity has nearly tripled in a decade, and about 20 million people use mobile phones.
* "The country's greatest achievement is its democratic process," Mohseni wrote. "Many forget that Afghanistan is preparing for its third complete cycle of presidential and parliamentary elections in 2014 and 2015 - thanks in part to the continued engagement of the international community."
* Polls repeatedly show that support for the Taliban is below 10 percent nationally - and less than 30 percent even in the Taliban's heartland.
Today's American politicians contend that it's time to cut and run on Afghanistan and focus on nation-building at home.
Attractive as that may be politically, Mohseni's plea for continued engagement is probably in Americans' long-term security interests.
To help birth self-government and then let it die?