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ESSAYS ON HOW AFGHANISTAN IS LIKE VIETNAM

THE PRESIDENT ON AFGHANISTAN

NIXON AND VIETNAM

This is painful for me to even think--to talk about our President in the same sentence as Nixon. And, I only do it out of enormous conviction. Recently, when the President made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, he said all the Commander In Chief sort of stuff. What he didn't say was: "have you heard the one about the two Sheppard’s who were guarding their flocks when they heard rustling in the bushes. One Sheppard turns to the other and says, "let's get the flock out of here. " 

AFGHANISTAN, LIKE VIETNAM IS A QUAGMIRE

LET'S GET THE F...OUT OF AFGHANISTAN. Is there a debate about Afghanistan, our strategy?--if there is, it is only whispered because it's old news. But, if history is any teacher, at some time in the future, the war will be news again. What fascinates me is that it is talked about so matter of factly without recognizing the fact that we are in a strategy in Afghanistan that is a "forever" war. We have been there eight years. Being there at least another eight or longer is more than a possibility. It is what the counter insurgency is: time and more time to win the hearts and minds of the people, even if it is possible. Think Vietnam. The military types hate to hear this. But, I can't be the only one in America that sees it. Here's the short version. Vietnam escalates. More and more troops. It transforms from the Viet Cong in black pajames to highly trained NVA soldiers. It is win the hearts and minds of the people. We've been in Vietnam 8 years or so based on start date by this time. No end in sight. Nixon is elected President to get us us out of Vietnam. He reneges on his promise. When he takes office, there's like 17,000 young Americans dead. By the time we leave Vietnam, over 58,000 young American have gone to their just rewards. Nixon was a lying MFer!!!!

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