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Quagmire awaits us

February 13, 2009

Re "Deja vu in Kabul," Opinion, Feb. 7

All we've heard from Bush doctrine apologists is that there has been some kind of "progress" in Iraq. And yet Max Boot isn't comfortable letting all American troops come home.

Boot is dead wrong to be telling the Afghanis who should rule their country. If the Taliban should come to power again, so be it. Believe me, it won't be harboring Al Qaeda any time soon. The only reason we went there was to get Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. We naysayers, as Boot calls us, know that Afghanistan will become a quagmire for U.S. troops if we get sucked in more.

Benny Wasserman

La Palma

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Boot is mistaken. We cannot win in Afghanistan. The Soviet Union tried to win in Afghanistan with more than 200,000 troops, and what did history teach us?

The mission is far from accomplished in Iraq. Its government is dysfunctional, Iraqis are still being blown up and there are about 150,000 pairs of boots on the ground. As soon as those boots leave, Iraq will crumble like a house of cards, just as Vietnam did.

Dennis Cuocco

Whittier

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