How We Missed the Story: Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan


Focusing principally on events and policy missteps in Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s, award-winning journalist Roy Gutman weaves a narrative that exposes how and why the U.S. government, the United Nations, and the Western media ?missed the story? in the leadup to 9/11.
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Focusing principally on events and policy missteps in Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s, award-winning journalist Roy Gutman weaves a narrative that exposes how and why the U.S. government, the United Nations, and the Western media “missed the story” in the leadup to 9/11.
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“Roy Gutman, a tireless reporter, has written a deeply researched and fascinating account of the various U.S. foreign policy failures that helped account for the rise of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks. Gutman also explains how so many institutions in the United States, from the media to the national security establishment, largely missed what would turn out to be one of the most important stories of our time.”

“This well-written, on-the-mark book is an informative and entertaining read. No other study that examines the events leading up to 9/11 is as persuasive in placing the blame where it belongs—on the failure of three successive U.S. presidents to provide the foreign policy leadership and direction needed to address the politics, philosophy, and disposition to violence of Islamist extremism.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601270245
  • Publisher: United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Gutman is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who currently serves as foreign editor for McClatchy newspapers.
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Table of Contents

Foreword   Richard H. Solomon     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction: The Death of Foreign Policy?     3
Comrades: The End! (1989)     9
A Half Solution (1989-1992)     19
With Massoud (1992-1994)     39
"A Very Exciting Development" (1994-1996)     61
"An Endless Tragedy of Epic Proportions" (1997)     81
"Silence Cannot Be the Strategy" (1998)     115
Hijacking a Regime (1999)     159
Coasting toward Catastrophe (2000-2001)     195
Human Rights under Massoud and the Taliban     221
Radicalization without Response     233
Epilogue: Clemenceau Revisited     255
Chronology     263
Dramatis Personae     267
Notes     271
Index     299
About the Author     322
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