James. Touche. I meant to include a sentence about how, in terms of behavior, Persians, Pashtuns, and other Middle Easterners behaved much like Arabs. The U.S. operation in Afghanistan was a model of modern warfare -- until we found out that our Northern Alliance "allies" were all to willing to cut deals with the Taliban once they had them cornered. At which point we should have done something about that, but didn't.
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