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Our latest longest war : losing hearts and minds in Afghanistan
Éditeur University of Chicago press
Année 2017
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Our latest longest war : losing hearts and minds in Afghanistan
1 vol. (378 pages) : ill., cartes, graph., photogr. ; 24 cm
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Moving Mountains : Cultural Friction in the Afghanistan War / Aaron B. O’Connell ; Washington Goes to War / Ronald E. Neumann ; US Strategy in Afghanistan: A Tragedy in Five Acts / Colin Jackson ; In Our Own Image : Training the Afghan National Security Forces / Martin Loicano and Craig C. Felker ; The Impact of Culture on Policing in Afghanistan / Pashtoon Atif ; Building and Undermining Legitimacy: Reconstruction and Development in Afghanistan / Jamie Lynn De Coster ; Rule of Law and Governance in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 / Abigail T. Linnington and Rebecca D. Patterson ; Liberalism Does Its Thing / Aaron MacLean ; Organizing like the Enemy: Special Operations Forces, Afghan Culture, and Village Stability Operations / Daniel R. Green ; Leaving Afghanistan / Benjamin F. Jones ; Our Latest Longest War / Aaron B. O’Connell
La jaquette indique : "The first rule of warfare is to know one's enemy. The second is to know thyself. More than fifteen years and three quarters of a trillion dollars after the US invasion of Afghanistan, it's clear that the United States followed neither rule well. America's goals in Afghanistan were lofty to begin with: dismantle al Qaeda, remove the Taliban from power, remake the country into a democracy. But not only did the mission come completely unmoored from reality, the United States wasted billions of dollars, and thousands of lives were lost. Our Latest Longest War is a chronicle of how, why, and in what ways the war in Afghanistan failed. Edited by historian and Marine lieutenant colonel Aaron B. O'Connell, the essays collected here represent nine different perspectives on the war -- all from veterans of the conflict, both American and Afghan. Together, they paint a picture of a war in which problems of culture and an unbridgeable rural-urban divide derailed nearly every field of endeavor. The authors also draw troubling parallels to the Vietnam War, arguing that deep-running ideological currents in American life explain why the U.S. government has repeatedly used armed nation-building to try to transform failing states into modern, liberal democracies. In Afghanistan, as in Vietnam, this created a dramatic mismatch of means and ends that neither money, technology, nor the force of arms could overcome. The war in Afghanistan has been the longest in US history, and in many ways, the most confounding. Few who fought in it think it has been worthwhile. These are difficult topics for any American or Afghan to consider, especially those who lost friends or family in it. This sobering history -- written by the very people who have been fighting the war -- is impossible to ignore."
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