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Funding the Enemy

Engels | Druk: 1 | Hardcover | 9781616146030 | 408 pagina's

Douglas A. Wissing, Douglas A. Wissing - 9781616146030


Engels | Druk: 1 | Hardcover | 9781616146030 | 408 pagina's

With the vague intention of winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan, the US government has mismanaged billions of development and logistics dollars, bolstered the drug trade, and dumped untold millions into Taliban hands. That is the sobering message of this scathing critique of our war effort in Afghanistan. According to this book, America has already lost the war. While conducting extensive research and fieldwork in Afghanistan's war zones, a drumbeat of off-the-record and offhand remarks pointed the author to one conclusion: We blew it. The sentiment was even blazoned across a US military fortification, as the author saw at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam in insurgency-wracked Laghman Province: I glanced over at a concrete blast barrier while waiting for a helicopter, Wissing says. Someone had spray-painted in jagged letters: 'The GAME. You Lost It.' The author's vivid narrative takes the reader down to ground level in frontline Afghanistan. It draws on the voices of hundreds of combat soldiers, ordinary Afghans, private contractors, aid workers, international consultants, and government officials. From these contacts it became glaringly clear, as the author details, that American taxpayer dollars have been flowing into Taliban coffers, courtesy of scandalously mismanaged US development and counterinsurgency programs, with calamitous military and social consequences. This is the first book to detail the toxic embrace of American policymakers and careerists, Afghan kleptocrats, and the opportunistic Taliban. The result? US taxpayers have been footing the bill for both sides of a disastrous Afghanistan war.


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Funding the Enemy Engels | Druk: 1 | Hardcover | 9781616146030 | 408 pagina's
Verschijningsdatummei 2012
AfmetingenAfmeting: 23,5 x 16,5 x 3,2 cm
Aantal pagina's408 pagina's
Auteur(s)Douglas A. Wissing | Douglas A. Wissing
UitgeverPrometheus Books
Extra groot lettertypeNee
Gewicht671 g
Verpakking breedte152 mm
Verpakking hoogte229 mm
Verpakking lengte229 mm

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