Sunday, September 27, 2009

Required Reading

Frank Rich on a book that offers eerie parallels between the tipping point of Vietnam under JFK and Afghanistan under Barack, including a nice comparison of the Karzais to the Diems.
Much as Vietnam could not be secured over the centuries by China, France, Japan or the United States, so Afghanistan has been a notorious graveyard for the ambitions of Alexander the Great, the British and the Soviets. “Some states in world politics are simply not susceptible to intervention by the great powers,” Goldstein told me. He also notes that the insurgencies in Afghanistan and Vietnam share the same geographical advantage. As the porous border of neighboring North Vietnam provided sanctuary and facilitated support to our enemy then, so Pakistan serves our enemy today.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Foolish straw-man comparisons made frightening only because the decision makers have no greater imagination.