Afghanistan: Losing a No-Win War

Steve Weissman, Truthout: "I could go on, but it all boils down to the one lesson of Vietnam that Robert Gates and his Pentagon brass do not want to accept - that Afghans, Pakistanis, Iraqis and other people in Asia, Africa and Latin America will no longer accept the United States and Europe occupying and running their countries. Counter-insurgency can prolong the pain, but it will never overcome the anti-colonial dynamic, as the British Empire, the French Empire and others all learned before us."

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Whistling Past the Afghan Graveyard: Where Empires Go to Die

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com: "It is now a commonplace - as a lead article in the New York Times's Week in Review pointed out recently - that Afghanistan is 'the graveyard of empires.'... Far less attention has been paid to the 'empire' part of the equation. And there's a good reason for that - at least in Washington. Despite escalating worries about the deteriorating situation, no one in our nation's capital is ready to believe that Afghanistan could actually be the 'graveyard' for the American role as the dominant hegemon on this planet."

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