It is always an error to fight the war that your enemy wants you to fight. Germany was delighted that France chose to refight WW I in 1940. Germany turned the flank of the Maginot Line, drove up to the back door, nocked and France collapsed. Afghans have enjoyed two victories in 30 years. First over Russians who didn't have a clue about history, and then again against Americans who refused to think about Afghan history, or why the Russians failed. It s always an error to fight the war your enemy wants.