The stupidity of any particular book can only be taken in the context in which it is read. The plain fact is that Russia’s interest in Afghanistan is not just a communist concept. We had troops in the NW frontier to defend our interests in India before then. Afghanistan’s problem is: it’s in the wayBrother of my wife spent 2 years in Afghanistan (Kabul, Kandagar) and I'm well aware about realities from the first hands. So I don't need to read such stupid books.
There are many parallels between wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan. However, just now Vietnam is peaceful, fast developing country, while Afghanistan is in permanent state of war. Current war in Afghanistan in the longest war in US history. What do you think Washington should do? Maybe just to quit the country?