Early analysis of the U.S.-British military actions against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan seemed to accept that the prospects for military success in that country were poor. The major premises of this conventional wisdom, however, were simply myths that have developed, either from ignorance or malevolence. The facts do not support them.
Myth #1: U.S. military leaders are planning their strategies for the present conflict according to the patterns established by the Soviet Army during its failed 1979-89 invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.
Nothing whatsoever in the known U.S. and British military operations of the present campaign supports this assumption. There are no massive concentrations of conventional armor or heavy army divisions in the countries neighboring Afghanistan, nor is there any indication of a massive conventional ground effort being prepared.
Myth #2: The United States is bound to be defeated in Afghanistan, just as the British and Soviets were.