The Wrong Enemy

The Wrong Enemy

America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

eBook - 2014
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"An enthralling and largely firsthand account of the war in Afghanistan."-- Financial Times

Few reporters know as much about Afghanistan as Carlotta Gall. She was there in the 1990s after the Russians were driven out. She witnessed the early flourishing of radical Islam, imported from abroad, which caused so much local suffering. She was there right after 9/11, when the US special forces helped the Northern Alliance drive the Taliban out of the north and then the south, fighting pitched battles and causing their enemies to flee underground and into Pakistan. She knows just how much this war has cost the Afghan people. And she knows just how much damage can be traced to Pakistan and its duplicitous government and intelligence forces. Combining searing personal accounts of battles and betrayals with moving portraits of the ordinary Afghans who were caught up in the conflict of more than a decade, The Wrong Enemy is a sweeping account of a war brought by American leaders against an enemy they barely understood and could not truly engage.

"A strong, well-crafted account by an informed observer."-- The Economist

"Gall is perhaps uniquely positioned to tackle the troubling questions she raises about Pakistan's alleged support of terrorism . . . a must-read." -- Christian Science Monitor
Publisher: [United States] :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780544045682
0544045688
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: text file,rda
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SEBoiko
Jul 08, 2014

We may be fighting the wrong enemy in the wrong country. -- Richard C Holbrooke

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SEBoiko
Jul 08, 2014

Virtually every Afghan leader in the twentieth century has been forced from power, overthrown, or assassinated.

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SEBoiko
Jul 08, 2014

If your intelligence service wants to get rid of you, no amount of security will protect you.

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SEBoiko
Jul 01, 2014

Yet even as the militants were turning against their masters, rather than crush them, Pakistan's generals sought to use them and direct them toward other targets.

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SEBoiko
Jul 01, 2014

..., suicide is a sin in Islam,...

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SEBoiko
Jul 01, 2014

Although Pakistan did not create the Taliban, it acted swiftly to co-opt the movement.

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SEBoiko
Jul 01, 2014

It is better to die a martyr than be in prison.

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Jul 17, 2015

Many of us think that Afghanistan was more justified for war than was Iraq. True enough. But the West forgot that the country has been the world's battleground for 2500 years, and that even the relatively recent and ill-fate Soviet occupation didn't teach us a thing about just how complicated tribal relationships are there ... or how Pakistan has long regarded the country as rightfully theirs. But perhaps most chilling is the author's assertion that Pakistan not only fueled Osama bin Laden, but knew (despite its protests) exactly where he was holed up until Seal Team Six did him in. Bottom line lesson: No matter how much you "street view" the ground, if you don't know the people behind the closed doors, your war is doomed.

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