Harlan Ullman of the Killowen Group:-
As the United States completes its withdrawal from Iraq and presumably starts a staged builddown from Afghanistan this summer, we can only hope that some forty years from now, both countries will evolve as successfully as Vietnam has. Never a democracy, Vietnam is a stable and growing emerging state. The U.S. needs to stand back and examine closely its role in the world and the propensity to use force too often excessively. Our record since World War II ain’t good. It has taken decades for a united Vietnam to overcome the scars and ravages of war. How long it will take for us to find the right policy mix of soft and hard means of getting our way still remains a very open question.