An Unwinnable War: Australia in Afghanistan

An Unwinnable War: Australia in Afghanistan

by Karen Middleton


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An Unwinnable War: Australia in Afghanistan by Karen Middleton

Australians are embroiled in their nation’s longest military conflict—the war in Afghanistan—and this book charts from former Prime Minister John Howard’s presence in Washington, DC on September 11, 2001, to the "transition" plan to hand security to Afghan forces. Based on interviews with key political and military figures in Australia and abroad, here the tensions between political and military decision-making, the nature and potency of the U.S. alliance, and the influence of individual personalities in charting Australia’s course are laid bare in what was once dubbed the "good war."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780522857665
Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Karen Middleton is a political journalist with more than 20 years of experience reporting on national and international affairs in print and broadcast media. She is the chief political correspondent with SBS Television and a former president of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Table of Contents

1 Tuesday Morning 1

2 All the Way 19

3 Rule Number 12 35

4 On the Ground 52

5 Sticker Shock 68

6 The Short Haul 78

7 Game-changer 94

8 On Two Fronts 104

9 Cause and Effect 127

10 Out by Christmas 139

11 The Call 158

12 Going Dutch 172

13 The Loyalty Card 187

14 The Red Line 203

15 God Moments 224

16 Turning Point 242

17 Afghanisation 256

18 Capture or Kill 285

19 2020 Vision 298

Acknowledgements 326

Notes 328

Index 371

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