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In Afghanistan, America's Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception


In Afghanistan, America's Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception

William Astore

America’s war in Afghanistan is now in its 16th year, the longest foreign war in our history. The phrase “no end in sight” barely covers the situation. Prospects of victory -- if victory is defined as eliminating that country as a haven for Islamist terrorists while creating a representative government in Kabul -- are arguably more tenuous today than at any point since the U.S.


One would imagine if we were to send the red-coats back to recapture our north American colonies, we too would face a "protracted asymmetric 4th generation conflict" or whatever the current euphemism is for a protracted guerrilla war fought by the occupied against the occupiers. The Scottish leader, Robert the Bruce, did the same to the invading English of self-deluded Edward 1st and his equally self-deluded son Edward II.. Can't the USA ever learn from history?