April 30, 1975, after the Americans declared victory and went home, Vietnam fell. Today, Afghanistan is falling, and soon the bitterness pervading the Vietnam vet will infect the vets of the Afghan war. Regrettably, we become brothers in arms in unintended ways. The seeds of defeat in Vietnam and Afghanistan (and elsewhere in the Middle East) were sown at the very beginning of our involvement: We failed to apply Strategy 101.

There are some questions we should pose to our civilian and military leadership before the next deployment.

William Gawthrop, PhD, is Seguin resident and Vietnam veteran.

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