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Can Obama succeed in the ‘land of the unruly?’ Afghanistan Won’t Be Easy

February 3, 2009

Afghanistan is Obama’s Vietnam.  “The analogy isn’t exact. But the war in Afghanistan is starting to look disturbingly familiar,” wrote Evan Thomas and John Barry for Newsweek.

Now CNN is wondering if Obama can succeed in what Persians call “the land of the unruly.” Historians call it “the graveyard of empires.”

“Controlling the Afghan people is a losing proposition,” says Stephen Tanner, author of “Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the Fall of the Taliban.” “No one has ever been able to control the country.”



 Obama’s Vietnam