A masterful blend of graphic reporting, illuminating interviews, and insightful analysis, here is the first account of Afghanistan's turbulent recent history by an independent eyewitness. Showing how and why Soviet efforts to negotiate an end to the war came to nothing, Steele explains how negotiations today could put a stop to the tragedies that have afflicted AfghanistanA masterful blend of graphic reporting, illuminating interviews, and insightful analysis, here is the first account of Afghanistan's turbulent recent history by an independent eyewitness. Showing how and why Soviet efforts to negotiate an end to the war came to nothing, Steele explains how negotiations today could put a stop to the tragedies that have afflicted Afghanistan for three decades....
|Title||:||Ghosts of Afghanistan: Hard Truths and Foreign Myths|
|Number of Pages||:||256 Pages|
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Ghosts of Afghanistan: Hard Truths and Foreign Myths Reviews
A page turner. Old school reporting from an 'old master' who is often reporting first hand. The same journalist being able to report in detail about how two superpowers invaded the same obscure, 'unknown' country 10 years apart is remarkable. The similarities and differences explain how the cold war ended in central asia - Afghanistan is a buffer between India, Russia, Iran and China. The USSR collapsed without a fight but the USA carried on fighting its cold war demons and helped to create a new global Jihad enemy. A few diplomatic lone voices told the CIA & the ISA to stop funding the Mujahedeed as soon as the Russians left in 1989 but they were ignored. Bin Laden, Jalaluddin Haqqani, Mullah Omar and Pakistan quickly turned against the USA. This catastrophe occurred under the clinton presidency. There was no US embassy in Kabul from 1989 to 2001.The focus is limited to on-the-ground reporting in Afghanistan. Left alone, Afghans might achieve some kind of political settlement. However, Pakistan keeps fuelling the conflict - all necessities of life for Kabul are flown in from Karachi and all fertiliser for IEDs come from factories in Pakistan. All the AQ leaders and Taliban are based in safe havens on the Pakistan side of the border. This book covers the Afghan side of things (1979-2010) superbly - I think in years' time it will become regarded as a minor classic on the period, it draws all the threads together without trying to simplify the messiness of it all.
An excellent read which provides significant insight into just how screwed up US Foreign Policy really is. Find out why a US victory in Afghanistan will never occur. Learn why the Soviets voluntarily left Afghanistan - they knew it was a no win proposition and chose to bail. Learn why the US and its Allies wasted their treasure and spent the blood of heroic service personnel on the poorest county in the World where the Life expectancy is 44.6 years, the lowest in the World, and where one out of every five children die before they reach the age of five and where 73 percent of the population have no access to safe drinking water.Negotiations with ALL of the parties involved, including the Taliban ("The Students")is the only long term path toward peace in this Country. And, we should all heed Robert Gates (Former US Defense Secretary) when he addressed West Point in February of 2011 "Any future Defense Secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should have his head examined."
Another well-written and depressing book explaining the ongoing poor decision-making of US leadership with regard to the war in Afghanistan.This would go a long way toward educating people about the background of Afghanistan from a social standpoint over the past 30 or so years. It also gives much to chew on with regard to how to resolve things going forward.
A very sobering and incisive account which well draws the parallels between the Soviet and the American interventions as it goes on to demolish some of the pervasive myths or received wisdom that seems to become entrenched in the perceptions and discourse of the Afghan war. A very timely and illuminating read for anyone interested in the country....
Very interesting book. A great report on the military history of Afghanistan, although the narrative got a bit wordy and elongated. It is still a great read, but be prepared for a lot of learning.
It was nice to see the political differences in Afghanistan from an American point of view.
There are so many things wrong with this book that I just had to add it to the abandoned list.