The Good War: Why We Couldn't Win the War or the Peace in Afghanistan

The Good War: Why We Couldn't Win the War or the Peace in Afghanistan

by Jack Fairweather

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In the earliest years of the war in Afghanistan, after the Taliban fell to an American-led coalition, the fight there appeared to be a triumph—a “good war” in comparison to the debacle in Iraq. Now, thirteen years after it began, it has turned into the longest war in U.S. history, as well as the most profligate; at an estimated $4 to $6 trillion, the final price tag for America’s part in the war in Afghanistan will be higher than that of World War II. And with thousands of coalition servicemen and Afghan civilians having paid for the war with their lives or limbs, the true cost of this futile expedition may never be properly calculated.

As we wind down our combat operations in Afghanistan and slouch toward withdrawal, the time is right for a full accounting of what went wrong. In The Good War, acclaimed author and war correspondent Jack Fairweather goes beyond the battlefield to explore the righteous intentions and stunning hubris that brought the United States and its allies to the verge of defeat in this far-flung theater. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, troves of previously untapped material from Afghan government archives, and months of experience living and reporting in Afghanistan, Fairweather traces the course of the conflict from its inception following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to its steady drawdown during President Obama’s second term, in the process offering a bold reassessment of the war. He describes how the Bush administration came within a hair’s breadth of making peace with the Taliban in 2002. He shows how Afghan opium could have rebuilt the country rather than destroying it. And he provides the most intimate portrait yet of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, arguing that Karzai’s gravest mistake was giving in not to warlords but rather to the international community, which has consistently prevented him from taking the necessary steps to help Afghans seize their own future.

A timely lesson in the perils of nation-building and a sobering reminder of the limits of American power, The Good War leads readers from the White House situation room to Afghan military outposts, from warlords’ palaces to insurgents’ dens, to explain how the US and our allies might have salvaged the Afghan campaign—and how we might rethink other “good” wars in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465040919
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

A former foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and the Washington Post, Jack Fairweather won the British Press Award for his reporting on the Iraq invasion and is the author of A War of Choice. Fairweather is currently a Middle East editor and correspondent for Bloomberg News, and he lives in Istanbul with his wife and two daughters.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Mask of Anarchy

Part I
The Missing Peace 2001–2003

Chapter 1. The Wrong Kind of War
Chapter 2. Bloody Hell
Chapter 3. Good Taliban
Chapter 4. The Man Who Would Be King
Chapter 5. At the Gates
Chapter 6. Warlords
Chapter 7. National Solidarity
Chapter 8. A Convenient Drug
Chapter 9. Homecoming

Part II
A Dangerous Alliance 2004–2007

Chapter 10. Imperial Vision
Chapter 11. PRTs
Chapter 12. A Special Relationship
Chapter 13. Eradication
Chapter 14. Friendly Advice
Chapter 15. Fly-Fishing in the Hindu Kush
Chapter 16. A New War
Chapter 17. Medusa
Chapter 18. Bad Guests
Chapter 19. All the Way
Chapter 20. Salam

Part III
The Blood Price 2009–2014

Chapter 21. An Education
Chapter 22. The Switch
Chapter 23. Ghosts
Chapter 24. A Cruel Summer
Chapter 25. Elections
Chapter 26. Political Expediency
Chapter 27. A Reckoning
Chapter 28. The Futility of Force
Chapter 29. Endgame

Epilogue Containment

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