February 26, 2009 7:02 PM

Commentary: Doomed to repeat history in Afghanistan?

President Barack Obama this week is laying out the road home from the war in Iraq during the next 19 months. More or less. It's time - past time - to begin a major drawdown of U.S. forces in a war that was begun on false pretenses with little foresight or planning and a rosy forecast of a swift victory and an even swifter withdrawal by the summer of 2003.

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