A reality check for Obama in Afghanistan

Christian Science Monitor
by Walter Rodgers

02/17/09

History may not repeat itself, but all too often it recycles mistakes. In 1961, before the Vietnam War became full-fledged, former Gen. Douglas MacArthur warned President Kennedy not to fight a land war in Asia. Over the next 14 years, more than 58,000 Americans died as Washington ignored his advice and ramped up operations. Today, the US is stuck in another land war in Asia: Afghanistan. … It’s unfathomable that Washington learned so little from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which ended in an ignominious retreat followed by the collapse of the Soviet Union three years later...

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Where will Obama take us in Afghanistan?

Orange County Register
by Alan Bock, Sr.

02/14/09

Although he has focused most closely so far on a stimulus package likely to stimulate government spending more than the U.S. economy in general, President Barack Obama still seems committed to escalating the war in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Robert Gates purposely tried in recent testimony to tamp down expectations and delineate more modest objectives, noting that it was likely only 10,000 to 12,000 additional U.S. troops (on top of 36,000 already there) could be in Afghanistan by midsummer. But he stressed that the commitment still stands to bring in 30,000 additional troops as soon as feasible...

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