The "Powell Doctrine" has guided the past several administrations in how to engage in military activities. The doctrine calls for Washington to have a clear political goal and a plan for extracting American forces from the battlefield before it fires any shots. In the current campaign in Afghanistan, it appears that the Powell Doctrine has gone by the wayside. What is America's exit strategy in the current conflict? Are we in danger of getting dragged into another Vietnam? Or does this new type of war require a different set of strategies?
John Lynn, Professor of Military History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This program aired on October 23, 2001.