Friday, January 30, 2009

From "Iraq = Vietnam" to "Afghanistan = Vietnam"

Quote of the Day

American officers in Vietnam learned that "going halfway around the world to fight a conventional military campaign against an ideology was a truly stupid idea--Gwynne Dyer

Perhaps American military officers on the battlefield were finally able to learn this, but comfortable American policymakers in Washington seem drugged. I would have called that drug "hubris," but after the mess in Iraq, the sting of Lebanon, the sting of Gaza, the defeat in Somalia, the collapsing positions in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the deepening recession, exactly where would hubris come from?

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