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Afghanistan is America’s Second Vietnam
by Gil Villagrán, MSW
Osama bin Laden enticed us into the "Afghan trap" just as Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s foreign policy advisor, bragged: “six months before the 1978 the Soviet deployment into Afghanistan, we took the opportunity to give the Soviet Union its own Vietnam to induce the Afghan trap.” After loss of this minor war, the Soviet empire collapsed financially, morally, and that defeat encouraged its own socialist republics to break apart. Eleven years after the Soviet exit and twenty-six days after Osama bin Laden’s 9-11 attack, our army invaded Afghanistan. Seven years later, Osama bin Laden is in Pakistan, and we are deep in quagmire, as deep as Vietnam, where we won every battle and still lost a trillion dollar war. Are we doomed to re-live Vietnam in Afghanistan, a nation historians call “the graveyard of empires?”

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