Invisible History : Afghanistan’s Untold Story

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Journalists Fitzgerald and Gould do yeoman’s labor in clearing the fog and laying bare American failures in Afghanistan

in this deeply researched, cogently argued and enormously important book.

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The authors demonstrate how closely American actions are tied to past miscalculations

& how U.S. policy has placed Afghans and Americans in grave danger.

Long at cultural crossroads, Afghanistan’s location poised the country to serve as a fragile buffer between rival empires.

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Great Britain’s 1947 creation of an arbitrary and indefensible border between Afghanistan

and the newly minted Pakistan from the Afghan point of view

… has always been the problem,

but particularly after 9/11 American policymakers

have paid scant attention to the concerns of Afghans,

preferring to shoehorn an imagined Afghanistan into U.S. power paradigms.

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The United States is in a fight for its life, not because of [9/11]…

but because of the way America responded …

That response was at once wildly exaggerated, dangerously reckless, and … ineffective,

the authors argue,

calling on the incoming president to make radical changes.

Osama did not beat the United States …

The United States is beating itself,

and beating itself badly.

 

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