October 20, 2012

The U.S. Isn't Losing in Afghanistan

John Nagl, Washington Post

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Americans haven’t lost a war in so long, we’ve forgotten what doing so looks like — and what it costs. The only war that we undeniably lost was the Vietnam War; thrown out of the country literally under fire, we abandoned our allies to a horrific fate and left behind a legacy of terror in the region, breaking our Army in the process.

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Angry Pakistanis Want to Finish Off Taliban
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