Working from the same playbook used in Vietnam, the U.S. assumed it could export democracy to Afghanistan. The Taliban, like the Viet Cong, knew all they had to do was wait.
James A. Warren is a writer and a former visiting scholar in the American Studies Department at Brown University. He is the author of Giap: The General Who Defeated America in Vietnam, and American Spartans: The United States Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq, among other books.
Why does America have such a poor track record in military interventions overseas over the past 50 years? Short answer: The U.S. is lousy at waging irregular warfare.
Always dependent on the U.S. military for air support and logistical help, the country’s army is virtually helpless on its own.
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The parallels with the Vietnam War are as painful as they are obvious and so is the endgame: U.S. forces will abandon Afghanistan to the Taliban. The only question is when.
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