Froggie controlled Hanoi and Haiphong, while the Vietmihn attacked the periphery and worked furiously to squeeze the supply lines. Sound familiar?
Now, there are a lot of things still lacking from the equation. Ho Chi Minh and Vo Nguyen Giap were ruthless geniuses. Time has lent them this patina. It remains to be seen if the Pushtun can come up with a leader of their caliber.
So, we had better start reading and thinking. Our peace-prize toting president has delayed the inevitable by saying we will begin pulling out in 2011. But truthfully, I give that statement the same credence I would give the promise that a teenage boy gives a teenage girl.
From what I have seen and what I have read, the Pushtun do not appear to have the word "quit" in their dictionary. I believe that the Russians and the Brits might have some advice for us concerning the chances of the Pushtun laying down and doing what they are told.
What we had better start asking is "what are our strategic goals for the area?" Right now it appears to boil down to two:
- Kicking the Taliban and Al-Qaeda's ass.
- Providing safety to the Afghanistan People