January 19, 2013

The mission in Afghanistan has evolved into the same mission we eventually had in Vietnam: gradual acceptance of defeat [“Mission shrink in Afghanistan,” editorial, Jan. 15]. The lesson of the Afghanistan war is the same as the lesson of the Vietnam War, which we did not learn that time around: The United States should not engage in any war that we as a people do not have the fortitude to win.

Robert Leary, Queenstown, Md.

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