In Britain's exhausting Boer War, a parallel for Afghanistan Sunday, June 20, 2010 With every war, it seems, there's also a fight over the proper historical analogy. Is the war in Afghanistan like the Vietnam War, the conflict it has just surpassed as the longest in U.S. history? Or is it like the Soviet misadventure in the same land? What about post-surge Iraq? Peter W. Singer offers a different parallel, and it's a war America didn't even fight: Britain's Boer War, at the dawn of the 20th century. And the implications are grim. Speaking on a panel this month during the annual conference of the Center for a New American Security, Singer, a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, was asked to name his biggest worry for the U.S. military going forward. He invoked Britain's battle from 1899 to 1902 against a South African militia that it vastly outnumbered. Though the Brits eventually prevailed, victory came at such a cost in blood and treasure and time that scholars often point to the war as the beginning of the end of the British Empire More http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/18/AR2010061803203.html?