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    Nixon's Secretary of Defense offers advice for Obama, in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinal's Craig Gilbert

    Laird sees similarities between Afghanistan, Vietnam

    Fort Myers, Fla. - Almost four decades after he presided over the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, former defense secretary Melvin R. Laird finds himself deeply wary of another lengthy American war in Asia, this one in Afghanistan.

    "I would say, 'Be careful,' " says the Republican Laird, 86, when asked what his advice would be for Democratic President Barack Obama. "You're not going to gain a helluva lot, and we're going to lose a lot of people."

    "It's a helluva place to send American forces," he says. "In the long run, do you gain anything? Or does it revert back?"

    Laird has argued that Vietnam analogies are overused, but says the parallel between Vietnam and Afghanistan is that "they're both bad places to go to war. You know, if you're going to pick a bad place, you pick those countries."

    "Wars are very easy to get into," he says, "but they're awfully hard to get out of."



    When did Vietnam become Nixon's War?

    by ben masel on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 01:56:51 PM PST

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