US Marines stand in formation during a transfer of authority ceremony at Shorab camp, in Helmand province, Afghanistan April 29, There was a pause and then one of the experts replied that it would be easy to send the troops, but getting them out would be another thing altogether. Carlotta Gall, the Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter, who covered Pakistan and Afghanistan from to , makes this argument in her book, The Wrong Enemy , placing the blame for the failures of the Afghanistan war squarely on the double-dealing by Pakistan and the ISI. She has a compelling argument and the thesis will warm many an Indian heart. It is also a deeply disingenuous argument, one that fails to examine how many problems of the Afghan war were creations of American design, on which the Taliban and Pakistan capitalised. Today, the Taliban are stronger than they have ever been, controlling more territory than at any time since their fall in
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Few reporters know as much about Afghanistan as Carlotta Gall. She was there in the s after the Russians were driven out. She witnessed the early flourishing of radical Islam, imported from abroad, which caused so much local suffering.
She knows just how much this war has cost the Afghan people. And she knows just how much damage can be traced to Pakistan and its duplicitous government and intelligence forces. Combining searing personal accounts of battles and betrayals with moving portraits of the ordinary Afghans who were caught up in the conflict of more than a decade, The Wrong Enemy is a sweeping account of a war brought by American leaders against an enemy they barely understood and could not truly engage.
Pages : Carton Quantity : It provides a raw, unvarnished and important look at one of the darkest and least understood parts of the Afghan war. Gall, a reporter for the New York Times in Afghanistan and Pakistan for more than a decade, beginning shortly after September 11, is in an extraordinary position to write this important and long overdue book. When it comes to informative, credible reporting from Central Asia over the past decade, Gall ranks with journalists like Dexter Filkins and David Rohde who have written about Afghanistan with authority and context.
To her credit, Ms. Gall gets the most important thing right. She underscores the danger of the U. The repercussions of the U. Unlike the Obama administration, Ms. Gall admirably never loses sight of the human element in this tragedy. Books Best Sellers. Award Winners. New Releases. Coming Soon. ALA Winners. My Account.
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The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan 2001-2014
In the book, she argues that the United States and its allies have been focused on stopping the terrorist activities of al-Qaeda and its Taliban supporters in Afghanistan, but that focus should instead have been on antagonistic forces in Pakistan. Her reasoning is that the Taliban exists and Osama bin Laden was able to survive for so long and Mullah Omar continues to be a fugitive because Pakistan's corrupt government and the people at the Inter-Services Intelligence , Pakistan's clandestine security service, provide aid to these terrorists. Gall argues, using quotations from the area's leaders, that the US should have fought al-Qaeda and the Taliban inside Pakistan instead of going to war in Iraq in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001–2014