Sunday, June 24, 2012

Little America by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

With LITTLE AMERICA, The War Within The War For Afghanistan Washington Post senior correspondent and associate editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran has written a devastating first person account of the troop surge in Afghanistan, providing eyewitness reportage of how badly America has gotten the war wrong while misjudging political opposition. Forever fighting to reclaim areas lost, American troops have engaged the Taliban in an endless revolving door war while generals snipe at each other behind the scenes. One of the surprises in the book is that Joe Biden warned Obama about the possible ineffectiveness of the surge. The author narrates the book in a straightforward and believable manner, showing that the complexity of competing ideologies and personalities outguns the guns involved, even as costs mount to the stratosphere. (Note: the Matt Damon movie Green Zone was based on Rajiv's first book.)

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