My family worked in book stores in Persia. They actually opened and read history books and loved them.

My wife’s very first comment when President Bush went to war in the Middle East was, “For God’s sake declare victory and get out.” She has a good idea of Middle Eastern time as an Assyrian whose calendar reads the year 6787.

”If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every long battle.” — Sun Tzu “Art of War.”

The Great Khans (3), the British, the Russians, Persians, and even Alexander the Great — who my Persian friends call “Alexander the Bastard” due to him burning their capital Persepolis — and others lost in Afghanistan.

Alexander the Great invaded what is today Afghanistan as part of his war against Persia. Several cities in Afghanistan are named for Alexander, including Alexandria and Arachosia, now called Kandahar.

Nonetheless, the war spilled over into Afghanistan, which served Alexander as a base. And the war did not go well. It was lengthy and exhausting. Alexander lost almost as many men in one bloody day as he had in the four years it took him to conquer all the lands between the Mediterranean Sea and eastern Iran.

Our war record is now one clear draw in Korea and two clear losses in Vietnam and Afghanistan.

One of the main factors is that our past enemies all have studied the “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. If you are interested here is a very good explanation of how they whipped us while employing Sun Tzu’s methods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF2pCff3ocg.

The other reason is that they know history very, very well. They, in fact, read it. I fear that perhaps our last president to really pick up a book and read history was Reagan. Bush was not a reader of history, Trump only found his own point of view as important and Biden hasn’t the strength to turn the pages of a book or to comprehend it without someone’s assistance.

So sad. What we spent in “the graveyard of empires” (Afghanistan) could have funded our huge infrastructure projects of today easily. But we refuse to learn from history or to read a book. .

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MWS

Eisenhower warned us about the military/industrial complex. The wretched Republicans and stench ridden Democrats all get paid for wars. Most of them always vote for them. Unfortunately, Patton and Schwarzkopf have been replaced by the Keystone Cops and the woke patrol. Is there anything left for Biden to ruin or desecrate? Afghan crisis. Boarder crisis. Inflation crisis. Energy/oil crisis. Pandemic crisis. This guy is like a Biblical plague. Our future is going to resemble the Afghan's present.

Louis

MWS you know history. Thank you.

Hsapiens42

It seems that both South Korea and Vietnam are better off than they would have been had we not intervened instead of saying we lost or ended in a draw.. And if the RNC had today not removed their page on Trump and Pompeo’s treaty last year with the aTaliban causing the release of 3 or 5000 prisoners we would not be seeing the withdrawal disaster today ..

Louis

Dems want to spin, then spin, then spin. Don't ever pick up a history book. We lost.

Justice81

Bull.

Justice81

On one hand it does tickle me that Trump and Pompeo KNOW Everything,..that the Taliban snookered both of them! Why in heaven would he have released the 5000 Taliban Prisoners...who are now back with the Taliban!

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