In the New York Times, Sunday Review section, page 9, article: “Is This the Right Way to End a War?, ( examines the similarities between 1970’s Vietnam and Afghanistan peace talks with the Taliban going on today. Many experts also see lessons from Vietnam for the American experience in Afghanistan expressed in terms: you’ve learned so well from your mistakes that you repeat them exactly.” In Vietnam and Afghanistan, the U.S. is saddled with developing a national force committed to protecting a weak and corrupt central government. Well after 17 years, we control less than half the country and Afghanistan is the number one supplier of heroin to the world. Seems like the U.S. forces are doing nothing but supplying security for the drug lords. Time to cut a deal with the Taliban to prohibit providing a safe haven for extremist religious groups seeking adventures outside of Afghanistan and let them go on killing their own and we leave.