Sorry, yet another Afghanistan thread but this deserves a little discussion. Vietnam....500,000 US soldiers at the height of the deployment (1968-ish) in a country with a land area of 128,000 square miles. Afghanistan....50,000 UN/NATO soldiers at present, in a country with a land area of 250,000 square miles. So, there are ten times fewer troops for Afghanistan than Vietnam for a land area double the size - an equivalent disparity of twenty times fewer (even fewer considering Vietnam was two states). Most US military offensives in Vietnam were arguably or even clearly successful, as will be the case in Afghanistan...they still lost to an insurgency. Boots on the ground?? U do ze mathematischer, as they say in the fashion world... My ha'pennorthworth....do the job properly - with enough troops and enough adequate equipment - or don't do it at all.