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Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    Little America: The War Within the War For Afghanistan by Rajiv

    Little America: The War Within the War For Afghanistan by Rajiv Chandrasekaran documents my worst fears with regard to the results of the Obama Adminstration's civilian and military "surges" in Afghanistan. The fundamental premise of 'helping people to help themselves'; of essentially addressing the fundamental needs of the Afghani people are in many cases intruded upon by corruption in the Karsai government and by an American foreign policy whose precedents and practices answer America's cultural legacy of war mongering and economic narcissism. Many American efforts are rushed and Little America discusses the consequences. Goals need to be met, not based on what may work for and what is right for Afghanis but rather goals are based moreso on what profit margins and politicial ambitions can be achieved for companies and the Obama Adminstration. This week, I happened to watch HBO's broadcast of "Newsroom" and the rant here is summed by the reality check that "America is not a great nation anymore but it can be." Simply put, America, IMO, has not yet realized that globalization means that we are a member nation now and it makes sense to suggest that all member nations are created equal. America has behaved in Afghanistan as one might predict based on our behaviour in other nations. We have a cultural legacy based on creating enemies, making profits and creating little pockets of impulsive America all over the world.

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  • Posted March 26, 2015

    Disappointed. I was enthralled by Chandrasekaran's book "Im

    I was enthralled by Chandrasekaran's book "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" and was hoping that this present work would be equally good. Unfortunately, it is not.
    The author tries to weave together disparate vignettes about Afghanistan and reach an overall "State of the Afghan Nation in 2013", but fails to do so. The assorted tales and biographies stay distant from one another, and so the book, while having multiple interesting tales, does not come to any overarching conclusion that is supported by the stories. Darn shame.

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