Maureen Dowd uses the phrase 'Sisyphian task' to describe America's toils in Afghanistan.
Now that I know what Sisyphus is all about, I guess she is sort of right.
The guy was apparently a king who was punished by the gods for his hubris.
His punishment was that he would push a stone up a hill and it would come down and he would push it up again ... till eternity.
The Greeks were certainly creative in their myth making!