The Wrong Enemy

The Wrong Enemy

America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

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A sweeping history and powerful indictment of America's longest overt war, by the veteran New York Times journalist who was stationed in-country throughout the entire conflict.

Carlotta Gall has reported from Afghanistan and Pakistan for almost the entire duration of the American invasion and occupation, beginning shortly after 9/11. She knows just how much this war has cost the Afghan people, and how much damage can be traced to Pakistan and its duplicitous government and intelligence forces. Now that American troops are withdrawing, it is time to tell the full history of how we have been fighting the wrong enemy, in the wrong country.

Gall combines searing personal accounts of battles and betrayals with moving portraits of the ordinary Afghanis who endured a terrible war of more than a decade. Her firsthand accounts of Taliban warlords, Pakistani intelligence thugs, American generals, Afghani politicians, and the many innocents who were caught up in this long war are riveting.  Her evidence that Pakistan fueled the Taliban and protected Osama bin Laden is revelatory. This is a sweeping account of a war brought by well-intentioned American leaders against an enemy they barely understood, and could not truly engage.



Baker & Taylor
A veteran journalist for the New York Times describes the toll taken on the U.S., Afghanistan and Pakistan since September 11 through ordinary citizens' accounts of fighting and first-hand descriptions from Taliban warlords, intelligence thugs, American generals and Afghani politicians. 50,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Describes the toll taken on the U.S., Afghanistan, and Pakistan since the September 11 attacks through ordinary citizens' accounts of fighting and first-hand descriptions from Taliban warlords, intelligence thugs, American generals, and Afghani politicians.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780544046696
0544046692
Branch Call Number: 958.1 GAL
Characteristics: xxi, 329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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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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