Daniel Davis joins the show to talk about his recent article, “McMaster Uses Worn Vietnam Trope to Accuse Americans of Defeatism,” which discusses the similarities between the wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan. Afghanistan, says Davis, is just as unwinnable as Vietnam was, but today Americans are less aware of that fact than they were in the 1960s and 70s. Scott says America could have hunted down the Al-Qaeda members connected with the 9/11 attacks, declared a swift victory, and never even tried to fight a war against the Taliban, let alone establishing a new central government that will never stand.

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Daniel Davis did multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during his time in the army. He writes a weekly column for National Interest and is the author of the reports “Dereliction of Duty II: Senior Military Leaders’ Loss of Integrity Wounds Afghan War Effort” and “Go Big or Go Deep: An Analysis of Strategy Options on Afghanistan.” Find him on Twitter @DanielLDavis1.

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