As America Exits, History Repeats Itself in Afghanistan

As America Exits, History Repeats Itself in Afghanistan

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The question is whether and how these historical echoes will affect decisionmaking in Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan, and India.

What are the parallels between the U.S. troop drawdowns in Afghanistan and Vietnam? Everyone, it seems, chooses their own reference point when discussing history or events that may prove to be “historical.” Washington is obsessing over the comparisons with what happened in Vietnam in 1975, but it could be argued that, at least from a policy point of view, the experiences of the Soviets and the British before them in Afghanistan are perhaps even more useful in the learning process…

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