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The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War (edição: 2021)

de Craig Whitlock (Autor)

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History. Military. Crime. Nonfiction. HTML:A Washington Post Best Book of 2021

The #1 New York Times bestselling investigative story of how three successive presidents and their military commanders deceived the public year after year about America's longest war, foreshadowing the Taliban's recapture of Afghanistan, by Washington Post reporter and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Whitlock.
Unlike the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 had near-unanimous public support. At first, the goals were straightforward and clear: defeat al-Qaeda and prevent a repeat of 9/11. Yet soon after the United States and its allies removed the Taliban from power, the mission veered off course and US officials lost sight of their original objectives.

Distracted by the war in Iraq, the US military become mired in an unwinnable guerrilla conflict in a country it did not understand. But no president wanted to admit failure, especially in a war that began as a just cause. Instead, the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations sent more and more troops to Afghanistan and repeatedly said they were making progress, even though they knew there was no realistic prospect for an outright victory.

Just as the Pentagon Papers changed the public's understanding of Vietnam, The Afghanistan Papers contains "fast-paced and vivid" (The New York Times Book Review) revelation after revelation from people who played a direct role in the war from leaders in the White House and the Pentagon to soldiers and aid workers on the front lines. In unvarnished language, they admit that the US government's strategies were a mess, that the nation-building project was a colossal failure, and that drugs and corruption gained a stranglehold over their allies in the Afghan government. All told, the account is based on interviews with more than 1,000 people who knew that the US government was presenting a distorted, and sometimes entirely fabricated, version of the facts on the ground.

Documents unearthed by The Washington Post reveal that President Bush didn't know the name of his Afghanistan war commander??and didn't want to meet with him. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld admitted that he had "no visibility into who the bad guys are." His successor, Robert Gates, said: "We didn't know jack shit about al-Qaeda."

The Afghanistan Papers is a "searing indictment of the deceit, blunders, and hubris of senior military and civilian officials" (Tom Bowman, NRP Pentagon Correspondent) that will supercharge a long-overdue reckoning over what went wrong and forever change the way the conflict is remember
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Título:The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War
Autores:Craig Whitlock (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2021), Edition: First Edition, 368 pages
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A detailed but easy to follow accounting of a twenty-year disaster. Enraging but highly recommended. ( )
  mmcrawford | Dec 5, 2023 |
Culled from “lessons learned” interviews with military and diplomatic folks, this is a catalog of repeated bad decisions, with billions of dollars and thousands of lives lost for essentially no purpose but to strengthen corruption in Afghanistan. It’s hard to be hopeful that things could have been much better even if we hadn’t jumped into a distracting war with Iraq, but maybe the waste would have been a little bit less. ( )
  rivkat | Jul 21, 2023 |
The most depressing book I have listened to. Over and over there are "Lessons Learned Interviews“ that show repeated lies and corruption for the entire duration of the war.
Apparently" "No Lessons Have Been Learned" since the Vietnam War. Even the withdrawal was done for political reasons without taking into account the Army's careful planning and timing ( )
  drmom62 | Apr 21, 2023 |
The most depressing book I have listened to. Over and over there are "Lessons Learned Interviews“ that show repeated lies and corruption for the entire duration of the war.
Apparently" "No Lessons Have Been Learned" since the Vietnam War. Even the withdrawal was done for political reasons without taking into account the Army's careful planning and timing ( )
  drmom62 | Apr 21, 2023 |
A good book, well written and clearly presented the thesis.

However, I do not think the book went far enough in its criticism of the war and atrocities committed by the US. The author could have been more scathing and critical. ( )
  bosje | Apr 13, 2023 |
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History. Military. Crime. Nonfiction. HTML:A Washington Post Best Book of 2021

The #1 New York Times bestselling investigative story of how three successive presidents and their military commanders deceived the public year after year about America's longest war, foreshadowing the Taliban's recapture of Afghanistan, by Washington Post reporter and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Whitlock.
Unlike the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 had near-unanimous public support. At first, the goals were straightforward and clear: defeat al-Qaeda and prevent a repeat of 9/11. Yet soon after the United States and its allies removed the Taliban from power, the mission veered off course and US officials lost sight of their original objectives.

Distracted by the war in Iraq, the US military become mired in an unwinnable guerrilla conflict in a country it did not understand. But no president wanted to admit failure, especially in a war that began as a just cause. Instead, the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations sent more and more troops to Afghanistan and repeatedly said they were making progress, even though they knew there was no realistic prospect for an outright victory.

Just as the Pentagon Papers changed the public's understanding of Vietnam, The Afghanistan Papers contains "fast-paced and vivid" (The New York Times Book Review) revelation after revelation from people who played a direct role in the war from leaders in the White House and the Pentagon to soldiers and aid workers on the front lines. In unvarnished language, they admit that the US government's strategies were a mess, that the nation-building project was a colossal failure, and that drugs and corruption gained a stranglehold over their allies in the Afghan government. All told, the account is based on interviews with more than 1,000 people who knew that the US government was presenting a distorted, and sometimes entirely fabricated, version of the facts on the ground.

Documents unearthed by The Washington Post reveal that President Bush didn't know the name of his Afghanistan war commander??and didn't want to meet with him. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld admitted that he had "no visibility into who the bad guys are." His successor, Robert Gates, said: "We didn't know jack shit about al-Qaeda."

The Afghanistan Papers is a "searing indictment of the deceit, blunders, and hubris of senior military and civilian officials" (Tom Bowman, NRP Pentagon Correspondent) that will supercharge a long-overdue reckoning over what went wrong and forever change the way the conflict is remember

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