Armed Conflicts

A faulty comparison between Afghanistan and World War II

To the editor: For Max Boot to compare the ceremony to "end" the war in Afghanistan to Franklin Roosevelt declaring World War II over after the liberation of France in 1944 is a pathetic deception. ("Rebrand it however you want, but Afghanistan is still at war," Op-Ed, Nov. 29) We were attacked by Japanese warplanes and German U-boats prior to their declarations of war. From then on the ruling principle was total and unconditional surrender, and almost every one of us who lived through that war knew it and approved. Boot would have us stay in Afghanistan 13 more years to fight a war that will never be won on the battlefield. There are no ideal solutions when dealing...