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Daniel Ellsberg Draws Parallel: Vietnam to Afghanistan

Date: 30.10.09

Duration: 0:18:22

One thing I've learned in my long life: There is a value gained by experience that cannot be gleaned from the writings of others, no matter how intellectually advanced those may be.

Daniel Ellsberg, leaker of The Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, gives in this YouTube clip his experience-produced gems of wisdom about the Afghan War that I hope President Obama takes foremost in consideration in making the critical, history making decision before him now. Must 58,000 of our soldiers die, over 100,000 be wounded, multitudes of Afghans be killed, wounded and made refugees before reality dawns on the decision makers? What does it tell us of those who refuse to learn from history’s lessons?

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