Sunday, February 15, 2009

U.S. may be repeating Soviet mistakes in Afghanistan

"U.S. may be repeating Soviet mistakes in Afghanistan"

"Some Afghan experts are worried that the United States and its NATO allies are making some of the same mistakes that helped the Taliban's forerunners defeat the Soviet Union after a decade-long occupation that bled the Kremlin treasury, demoralized Moscow's military and contributed to the Soviet Union's collapse.

Among the mistakes, these experts said, are relying too heavily on military force, inflicting too many civilian casualties, concentrating too much power in Kabul and tolerating pervasive government corruption."

What makes it worse is that we have their experience to learn from.

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