In the news today, between 26,000 and 56,000 hirelings (camp followers?) are to accompany the 30,000 reinforcements Obama has ordered into Afghanistan. This is going to take their number in country to somewhere between 130,000 and 160,000. With the projected number of occupiers in state issued uniforms after the new 30,000 Americans and additional 5,000 NATO auxiliaries land, at almost 140,000, this means that the occupation is going to be made up of a staggering 270 to 300 thousand bodies.
This is an overkill. It should be possible to lose a war with much less troops and at a far lesser cost.