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Those resources were turned on other mujahidin. The problem is that not only do the principals involved in policymaking not have perfect foresight, but neither they nor we can know all the bad things that might have happened, but didn’t, because a certain course of action what in hindsight we see as the “wrong” course was taken.

I would recommend this to people who genuinely want to learn the truth about current affairs. Is There Any Policy? When Bill Clinton says, “Well you know I really tried.

Terrorism was an inevitable feature of global change. Jul 05, Ryan rated it liked it. Third, more than 12, people in the US are killed by firearms per year not including suicide! Of course, the turning point came when we decided to let the rebels use Stinger missiles. Despite distractions from other world crises, including a near career ending domestic crisis involving a cigar and a blue dress, President Bill Clinton made several attempts to capture Bin Laden.

America was intent on buying an embarrassing defeat for the Soviet Union.

He passes the buck, glosses over or ignores the key facts about Afghanistan going back to the Carter ad I have to consider this book a CIA whitewash. This is a fascinating look at the US and specifically CIA involvement in Afghanistan from the late 70s to early s.

Very little effort was made by America or any other country to vhost fair to alleviate the suffering of the Afghan was. As thrilling as any recent geopolitical fiction, meticulously researched, grippingly written and convincingly presented.

Ahmed Shah Massoud, the Tajik leader of the Northern Alliance, is a protagonist as he first holds off the Russians and then willingly cooperates with the CIA to the extent that he can while under pressure from the Taliban.

His second was awarded infor his book, Ghost Wars, which also won the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Dosnload award; the Overseas Press Club award and the Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book published on international affairs during From the pdv editor of “The Washington Post” comes this news-breaking account of the CIA’s involvement in the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and gave rise to bin Laden’s Author Steve Coll has all the details, and I have a great deal of respect for his thorough gathering of fact and his painstaking explanations.

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction — ISI had favorites and was channeling resources to them.

It drew the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? A persistent theme of this book is the lack of any serious Welcome Zom Boys and Ghouls to the most spookily scarifying tale of them all: There are so many twists and turns, so many parties involved and alliances forming and breaking, and so many dollars and arms changing hands. Afghan jihadists, tightly woven into family, clan, and regional social networks, never embraced suicide tactics in significant numbers.

In Coll’s telling, the absence of a coherent picture of the country and its importance to the region as a whole lead to simplistic thinking and a largely incurious policy of reliance on strategic partners Pakistan and less directly, Saudi Arabia, buffeted every decade or so by the heroic visions produced by the mid-life crises of Congressman Charles Wilson and the board of Unocal, for whom Afghanistan became a means of restoring meaning to their lives, with maybe a little profit and glory on the side.

Multiply that be the number of years that we’ve been at war with terror. An Arabian Family in the American Century Some of the analysis is a bit superficial but the rest of the book makes up for it enough to deserve 5 stars.

As far as Afghan policy goes, Coll doesn’t outright suggest that the US should have backed Ahmed Shah Massoud, acknowledging his flaws and covering the apprehensions of US policymakers towards him. It should by now be generally accepted that the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on Christmas Eve was deliberately provoked by the United States.

A persistent theme of hgost book is the lack of any serious appreciation of Afghanistan among US decision makers. Somebody had the bright idea, later during the push towards Kabul against Soviet supported Afghanistan troops, to go scoop up all those Soviet tanks and weaponry that Saddam Hussein left scattered all over the desert when he pdv from Kuwait.

Preview — Ghost Wars by Steve Coll. But Steve Coll, managing editor of the Washington Post when he wrote this book some thirteen years ago, pulled it off.

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I have to consider this book a CIA whitewash. Maintain a Prudent Distance It was beautiful once. Well, he gave it to us. There are better books on the turbulent history of the Afghan nation; better books depicting the bloody Soviet invasion; perhaps better books about the American support of, and interaction with, the Mujahideen; better books about the creation and rise of the Taliban, and their influence on Central Asia; and better books about the origins and machinations of al-Qaeda and books on the expansion and deflation of jihadist Islam; but for a grand synthesis of all these strains—written with a thoroughly competent, if not literary downooad thick, detailed, engrossing Pulitzer-Prize winner cannot be bested.

Abolish the CIA!

Thanks for telling us about the problem. From there you move almost naturally to the rise of the morally virtuous, home-grown, ethnically Pashtun, Wahhabi-educated, Pakistan-armed and Pakistan-supported Taliban, their intolerance of diversity and the hijacking of their cause by Osama Bin Laden, who not only bought their way into Kabul but very carefully cultivated and won the support of their leader, the one-eyed mullah Mohammed Omar.

Instead, Afghanistan descended into a land of murderous tribal factions, each controlling part of the country, but none of them string enough to rule the country. Retrieved August 9, Woolsey was so disliked by Clinton that when an apparent suicide pilot crashed a single-engined Cessna airplane on the south lawn of the White House injokers suggested it might be the CIA director trying to get an appointment with the president.

He was almost a foot taller. Guost got into office, he and his administration downlooad not heed the warnings from the Clinton administration about terrorism’s imminent importance.

Ghost Wars

The first part of the book deals with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. A soldier by the name of Igor Liakhovich left his armored personnel carrier to assist. Oct 07, Gerhard Greyvensteyn rated it it was amazing.

The overall events are in broad strokes nothing I didn’t already know, but the specific machinations were fascinating and in far greater detail than I have seen represented elsewhere. A ppdf registered in Singapore picked up aboutguns in Karachi, steamed out to sea, turned around, came back to port, and off-loaded the guns, pretending they had come from abroad.

He passes the buck, glosses over or ignores the key facts about Afghanistan going back to the Carter administration. Now, you can ask a person to repeat himself once. Previously he spent 20 years as a foreign correspondent and senior editor at The Washington Donloadserving as the paper’s managing editor from to ghoet They accomplished nothing except to leave a power vacuum in Afghanistan, and thus wide open for a radical lunatic such as bin Laden to find a home and build up his terror network.