THE AFGHANISTAN PAPERS

THE AFGHANISTAN PAPERS (Libro en papel)

A SECRET HISTORY OF THE WAR

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Editorial:
SCRIBNER
Año de edición:
Materia
Periodismo y Comunicación
ISBN:
978-1-9821-5900-9
Páginas:
368

u003cbu003eThe groundbreaking investigative story of how three successive presidents and their military commanders deceived the public year after year about America’s longest war, foreshadowing the Taliban’s recapture of Afghanistan, by u003ciu003eWashington Post u003c/iu003ereporter and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Whitlock.u003c/bu003eu003cbru003eu003cbru003eUnlike the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 had near-unanimous public support. At first, the goals were straightforward and clear: to defeat al-Qaeda and prevent a repeat of 9/11. Yet soon after the United States and its allies removed the Taliban from power, the mission veered off course and US officials lost sight of their original objectives.u003cbru003e u003cbru003eDistracted by the war in Iraq, the US military became mired in an unwinnable guerrilla conflict in a country it did not understand. But no president wanted to admit failure, especially in a war that began as a just cause. Instead, the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations sent more and more troops to Afghanistan and repeatedly said they were making progress, even though they knew there was no realistic prospect for an outright victory.u003cbru003e u003cbru003eJust as the Pentagon Papers changed the public’s understanding of Vietnam, u003ciu003eThe Afghanistan Papers u003c/iu003econtains startling revelation after revelation from people who played a direct role in the war, from leaders in the White House and the Pentagon to soldiers and aid workers on the front lines. In unvarnished language, they admit that the US government’s strategies were a mess, that the nation-building project was a colossal failure, and that drugs and corruption gained a stranglehold over their allies in the Afghan government. All told, the account is based on interviews with more than 1,000 people who knew that the US government was presenting a distorted, and sometimes entirely fabricated, version of the facts on the ground.u003cbru003e u003cbru003eDocuments unearthed by u003ciu003eThe Washington Postu003c/iu003e reveal that President Bush didn’t know the name of his Afghanistan war commander—and didn’t want to make time to meet with him. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld admitted he had “no visibility into who the bad guys are.” His successor, Robert Gates, said: “We didn’t know jack shit about al-Qaeda.”u003cbru003e u003cbru003eu003ciu003eThe Afghanistan Papers u003c/iu003eis a shocking account that will supercharge a long overdue reckoning over what went wrong and forever change the way the conflict is remembered.