No, the Americans never "had a chance" for success. We;ve lost every war since Viet Nam, just like Israel lost to Lebanon in '06. Wars are not "won" anymore. They are waged to make profits for a select few. There has never been talk of war on Indonesia, a Muslim state, because she doesn't have any oil. Peple are only "enemies," these days, if they have something you WANT.
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