“The outcome of the Afghan struggle is ultimately going to be determined not by our unilateral actions or geopolitical moves, but by whom the Afghan people wind up supporting, even reluctantly. Vietnam—Lesson One.”
Well, our unilateral actions and geopolitical moves will affect the outcome…but as Rufus Phillips argues, maybe not as much, and in the ways, we think. There are those who bristle at any Vietnam comparison, because too many abuse it for their own reasons.
Also On This Site: From The NY Times Video: ‘A Schoolgirl’s Odyssey’…From The WSJ: Graham, Lieberman and McCain “Only Decisive Force Can Prevail In Afghanistan’…From John Richardson at Esquire: Six Signs That Afghanistan Could Be Another Vietnam…From Commonweal: Andrew Bacevich “The War We Can’t Win: Afghanistan And The Limits Of American Power”