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AT the army college in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Major Daniel Morgan is studying the lessons for Iraq of the Soviets’ chaotic exit from Afghanistan in the late 1980s.
The roads were choked with tanks and heavy weaponry, making the demoralised soldiers easy prey for guerillas. “The Soviet Army actually had to fight out of certain areas,” says Morgan, who has served twice in Iraq.
There is no easy exit from Iraq, but Defence Secretary Robert Gates has admitted for the first time that the Pentagon is poring over the options.
The only lesson learned from Viet Nam? No photo op of the last chopper leaving the Embassy.