Meanderings appreciates metaphors from all corners of the writing world, including political punditry. This comes from Matt Yglesias:
Afghanistan is often called the “Graveyard of Empires,” but I think the phrase is pretty misleading.
A better analogy might be that it’s the ESPN Zone of empires, someplace where from time to time a lot of people feel tempted to go, but when you get there it turns out to be not so great. But it’s surprisingly expensive to stay! Having gone out of your way to get there in the first place, you’re perhaps initially reluctant to just admit that it’s not worthwhile. But you can’t stay forever.
They do, it must be noted, get the Sunday NFL Ticket package. I don’t think you can get that in Kandahar.