Adequate is good enough for Afghanistan. When I worked on the Bosnia desk of the Joint Staff in 2001-2002, I didn't see the goal to make Bosnia like Norway but perhaps Norway. And Kosovo, if it became Bosnia, might not be too bad. So a piece that suggests that Bangladesh might be best that Afghanistan can become in the medium (long?) term, that resonates with me. Certainly, high expectations are not something we should have at this point.
One remaining question from this piece, if there are four countries that are more corrupt than Afghanistan (Haiti, Iraq, Myanmar, and, last, Somalia), then, well, yuck!