Afghanistan: The hole gets deeper

There is sad irony in the fact American commanders in Afghanistan are now seeking more than 25,000 additional troops.

Gar Pardy
Published: Wednesday, 10/14/2009 12:00 am EDT

There is sad irony in the fact American commanders in Afghanistan are now seeking more than 25,000 additional troops. Over 2,300 years ago, another invader from the West, Alexander, before history called him the Great, was mired in a struggle he was not winning. He sent messengers back to his Macedonian headquarters ordering another 25,000 Greek troops into Bactria, as the region was then called. In the end they made little difference, and two years later Alexander ran for safety in western Persia, leaving many of his troops behind to become Bactrians over time.

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