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100 1  Whitlock, Craig,|eauthor. 
245 14 The Afghanistan papers :|ba secret history of the war /
       |cCraig Whitlock. 
250    First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. 
264  1 New York :|bSimon & Schuster,|c2021. 
264  4 |c©2021 
300    xx, 346 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates :
       |billustrations (chiefly color), maps ;|c24 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
500    Map on liner papers. 
504    Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-326) and 
       index. 
505 0  A Muddled Mission -- "Who Are the Bad Guys?" -- The Nation
       Building Project -- Afghanistan Becomes an Afterthought --
       Raising an Army from the Ashes -- Islam for Dummies -- 
       Playing Both Sides -- Lies and Spin -- An Incoherent 
       Strategy -- The Warlords -- A War on Opium -- Doubling 
       Down -- "A Dark Pit of Endless Money" -- From Friend to 
       Foe -- Consumed by Corruption -- At War with the Truth -- 
       The Enemy Within -- The Grand Illusion -- Trump's Turn -- 
       The Narco-State -- Talking with the Taliban. 
520    The groundbreaking investigative story of how three 
       successive presidents and their military commanders 
       deceived the public year after year about the longest war 
       in American history by Washington Post reporter Craig 
       Whitlock, a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. Unlike the
       wars in Vietnam and Iraq, the US invasion of Afghanistan 
       in 2001 had near-unanimous public support. At first, the 
       goals were straightforward and clear: to defeat al-Qaeda 
       and prevent a repeat of 9/11. Yet soon after the United 
       States and its allies removed the Taliban from power, the 
       mission veered off course and US officials lost sight of 
       their original objectives. Distracted by the war in Iraq, 
       the US military became mired in an unwinnable guerrilla 
       conflict in a country it did not understand. But no 
       president wanted to admit failure, especially in a war 
       that began as a just cause. Instead, the Bush, Obama, and 
       Trump administrations sent more and more troops to 
       Afghanistan and repeatedly said they were making progress,
       even though they knew there was no realistic prospect for 
       an outright victory. Just as the Pentagon Papers changed 
       the public's understanding of Vietnam, The Afghanistan 
       Papers contains startling revelation after revelation from
       people who played a direct role in the war, from leaders 
       in the White House and the Pentagon to soldiers and aid 
       workers on the front lines. In unvarnished language, they 
       admit that the US government's strategies were a mess, 
       that the nation-building project was a colossal failure, 
       and that drugs and corruption gained a stranglehold over 
       their allies in the Afghan government. All told, the 
       account is based on interviews with more than 1,000 people
       who knew that the US government was presenting a distorted,
       and sometimes entirely fabricated, version of the facts on
       the ground. Documents unearthed by The Washington Post 
       reveal that President Bush didn't know the name of his 
       Afghanistan war commander and didn't want to make time to 
       meet with him. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld 
       admitted he had "no visibility into who the bad guys are."
       His successor, Robert Gates, said: "We didn't know jack 
       shit about al-Qaeda." The Afghanistan Papers is a shocking
       account that will supercharge a long overdue reckoning 
       over what went wrong and forever change the way the 
       conflict is remembered. - Publisher. 
520    "The groundbreaking investigative story of how three 
       successive presidents and their military commanders 
       deceived the public year after year about the longest war 
       in American history by Washington Post reporter Craig 
       Whitlock, a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist"--
       |cProvided by publisher. 
520    The US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 had near-unanimous 
       public support: defeat al-Qaeda and prevent a repeat of 9/
       11. Yet soon after the United States and its allies 
       removed the Taliban from power, the mission veered off 
       course. The US military became mired in an unwinnable 
       guerrilla conflict in a country it did not understand. 
       Whitlock shows that no president wanted to admit failure, 
       especially in a war that began as a just cause. The Bush, 
       Obama, and Trump administrations repeatedly said they were
       making progress, even though they knew there was no 
       realistic prospect for an outright victory. With 
       revelations from people who played a direct role in the 
       war, and admit that the US government's strategies were a 
       mess, Whiotlock provides a shocking account that will 
       change the way the conflict is remembered. -- adapted from
       publisher info 
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648  7 Since 2001|2fast 
650  0 Afghan War, 2001-2021 
650  7 HISTORY / Asia / General.|2bisacsh  
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