The New York Times: Foreign powers have tried to control Afghanistan for three centuries. It has not gone well for them. Now the U.S. is digging back in. James A. Michener went to Afghanistan to research his work of historical fiction, “Caravans,” it was 1955 and there were barely any roads in the country. Yet there were already Americans and Russians there, jockeying for influence. Later, the book’s Afghan protagonist would tell an American diplomat that one day both America and Russia would invade Afghanistan, and that both would come to regret it. Click here to read more (external link).