The initial U.S. military involvement in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks was an overall success. Unfortunately, the United States chose to remain in Afghanistan instead of turning the keys to the state back to the Afghans themselves. Instead of learning from the failed Soviet experience from 1979 to 1989, we repeated Moscow’s mistakes and then contributed some of our own. Mr. Goodman’s talk will identify the various myths associated with our involvement in Afghanistan, particularly the belief that Pakistan would be an ally in our efforts to restore stability. There are no central strategic interests for the United States in Afghanistan, and the case will be made for leaving the instability of Afghanistan to its various neighbors.