Saturday, July 03, 2010

The Afghan ‘No Exit’ War

By Ivan Eland,, June 30, 2010

Editor’s Note: The war in Afghanistan is now the longest in U.S. history, but that doesn’t mean it’s anywhere close to reaching a favorable conclusion — or for that matter, any conclusion at all.

For seven years, President George W. Bush treated the conflict as second fiddle to the neocon war of choice in Iraq, while President Barack Obama has thrown in more troops but seems more interested in dodging neocon accusations of “softness” than actually convinced the escalation is a good idea, a quandary addressed by Ivan Eland in this guest essay:

In contrast to World War II and Desert Storm — which had clear goals, even though those of the latter were limited — the war in Afghanistan resembles the Spanish-American War and the Vietnam War.

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