How We Won & Lost the War in Afghanistan

How We Won & Lost the War in Afghanistan

Two Years in the Pashtun Homeland

Book - 2017
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Douglas Grindle provides a firsthand account of how the war in Afghanistan was won in a rural district south of Kandahar City and how the newly created peace slipped away when vital resources failed to materialize and the United States headed for the exit.

By placing the reader at the heart of the American counterinsurgency effort, Grindle reveals little-known incidents, including the failure of expensive aid programs to target local needs, the slow throttling of local government as official funds failed to reach the districts, and the United States' inexplicable failure to empower the Afghan local officials even after they succeeded in bringing the people onto their side. Grindle presents the side of the hard-working Afghans who won the war and expresses what they really thought of the U.S. military and its decisions. Written by a former field officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development, this story of dashed hopes and missed opportunities details how America's desire to leave the war behind ultimately overshadowed its desire to sustain victory.



Publisher: [Lincoln] : Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9781612349541
1612349544
Branch Call Number: 958.1047
Characteristics: xx, 250 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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