As the U.S. works to extricate itself from Afghanistan, "The ignominious end to the war in Vietnam haunts this discussion. Many Americans retain indelible images of North Vietnam’s devastating final offensive against the South, the complete collapse of the Saigon government and its army, and the desperate, belated efforts of Americans and South Vietnamese to escape the onslaught. For a nation accustomed to victory in war, such memories are searing. Would a withdrawal from Afghanistan look like Vietnam and have similar consequences for Afghans—and Americans?" This article from Foreign Affairs discusses ways in which Afghanistan is similar to and quite different from Vietnam as well as lessons learned from the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam that should be kept in mind as the U.S. negotiates withdrawal from Afghanistan. www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2019-04-15/lessons-vietnam-leaving-afghanistan
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