Afghanistan: New War or Same Old Quagmire?

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Upbeat reports from the Pentagon haven't diminished the controversy over how the way the war in Afghanistan is being conducted. Some claim that, after the bombing, large contingents of US ground troops will be needed against the Taliban and the al Qaeda network. Others contend that would only worsen a bad situation. Both bolster their arguments with lessons from Vietnam. Despite President Bush's promise of a "new war," is America's military campaign in Afghanistan turning into a familiar old quagmire? We ask a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, a political scientist, and strategic defense experts.
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The Chicago Tribune

Center for Defense Information

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Quadrennial Defense Review

The Tragedy of Great Power Politics

US Department of Defense

The Washington Post

Common Cause

Federal Election Commission

National Commission on Federal Election Reform



Warren Olney