The Vietnamization of Afghanistan

The American Prospect
by Tim Fernholz

09/23/09

The Nixon administration, elected on a promise to end the Vietnam War via ‘peace with honor,’ described its strategy as ‘Vietnamization’: building the capacity of the Vietnamese armed forces so that American troops could leave. Today, we have different catchphrases but similar ideas. After requests for more troops and resources from on-the-ground commanders, Sen. Carl Levin, the influential chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced his opposition to sending more American soldiers to Afghanistan but has proposed a ’surge of Afghanistan security forces.’ Which is to say, Afghanistan-ization. � The Republican Party in general has denied the lessons of Vietnam, long associated with two Democratic presidents and ended by a Republican, however disgraced...

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Afghanistan

Freedom's Phoenix
by Brock Lorber

09/23/09

Maybe it’s the historic town squares where good friends, neighbors, and occupying armies gather for a great time dancing to the rhythm of bombs echoing off the canyon walls, the sense of satisfaction that comes with getting potable water to a restaurant you bombed this morning and the enemy will bomb tomorrow morning, or enjoying the latest in military hardware. Maybe it’s the endless opportunities to fine tune a lifelong passion for nation building, try something you’ve always wanted to try in your own nation, or just funnel the last of the Treasury through your political friends. Or, maybe it is as simple as the song; ‘It’s a little slice of paradise with sunshine and mines galore �’ Whatever your retirement dream, you’re sure to find it here...

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