Re "Don't let progress in Afghanistan go without a fight" (Editorials, Jan. 4) While your editorial accurately describes recent history, it assumes if we just continue to support the Afghan government long enough that we will avoid a repeat of the disintegration taking place in Iraq. Given the current erratic behavior of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, or whoever eventually replaces him, I thinks that's very unlikely. They'll take our money, and we'll threaten, bribe or do anything else that will get some level of apparent cooperation. But after trying for 12 years in Afghanistan, we need to be realistic. History is not on our side, either. There are numerous examples of failed attempts in Afghanistan by other countries, including Britain and the Soviet Union. Our country has a history of repeatedly confusing what's desirable with what's possible. It seems like your editorial advocates doing it once again.
-- Douglas Souvignier, Sacramento