This BBC post has a few stats that suggest that things are better in Afghanistan. Specifically, the number of kids in school has increased by over 600% and the GDP/capita has tripled. Even the casualty stats are kind of okay.
Of course, none of this is necessarily sustainable. When the US and its allies leave in 2014-2015, schools will likely close, the economy (which is almost entirely based on aid and the activities of the foreign folks) will suffer, and the ANA/ANP will be taking the blows quite directly. That is, if they can remain functional and united.
Still, not too bad. On the usual Afghan-o-meter of confidence from zero to ten, I guess I am now at negative three. Which is an improvement.