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May 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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In Afghanistan, Obama sees 'light of a new day'

For nothing

Apparently President Obama missed history class. [“In Afghanistan, Obama sees ‘light of a new day,’” page one, May 2.]

The French saw the “light at the end of the tunnel” in Vietnam in 1953. The Johnson administration, including Gen. William Westmoreland and his hawkish pals, arrogantly proclaimed the same in 1967. It was a lie then, and it’s a lie now.

When a conservative talk-show host like Joe Scarborough intones ominously and laments regretfully that “the neocons have won,” it’s pretty clear there’s no “change” to believe in. It’s nothing more than the same old military-industrial complex snow job, one that will continue to cost American lives far into the future.

The difference, if any, is that we were out of Vietnam in less than a decade. We will be in Afghanistan for nearly a quarter of a century! For nothing.

— Jef Jaisun, Seattle

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