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Robert Wright column in NYT: No, Afghan war is NOT another Vietnam. Actually, it’s worse. "For starters, though Vietnam was hugely destructive in human terms, strategically it was just a medium-sized blunder. It was a waste of resources, yes, but the war didn’t make America more vulnerable to enemy attack. The Afghanistan war does."
Jeremy Scahill, back from Afghanistan, with Chris Hayes last night on Maddow show, on the war.
Tom Friedman: US students sinking partly because of too much texting. And look at that list of Rhodes Scholars.
Much more from WSJ on the new American Bridge campaign funding group related to Media Matters.
BUM RUSH Wonderful blasting of Rush Limbaugh by Motor Trend for his Chevy Volt remarks.
ARREST BUSH MSNBC: Bush warned to keep book tour domestic—or face war crimes charges abroad, perhaps.
RUBIN IT IN Just what they needed: Wash Post hires another pro-Israel, bomb-bomb-bomb Iran hawk, Jennifer Rubin, from Commentary.
THE FOREVER AND EVER WAR Another likely soldier suicide in Afghan—he did 2 tours there, after 2 tours in Iraq…. CNN: Pentagon report: Afghans believe Taliban victory inevitable. But report sees some gains for US, some discouragement.