Here I said that if Obama winds up being President for eight years, he would end up pulling out of Afghanistan in a repeat of our Vietnam folly. Yesterday, the New York Times wondered if Afghanistan will become Obama’s Vietnam?
Afghanistan, of course, is not exactly Vietnam. At its peak, the United States had about 500,000 troops in Vietnam, compared with about 68,000 now set for Afghanistan, and most of those fighting in the 1960s were draftees as opposed to volunteer soldiers. Vietnam, therefore, reached deeper into American society, touching more homes and involving more unwilling participants. But the politics of the two seem to evoke comparisons.
Read the rest here.