88 Days to Kandahar

88 Days to Kandahar

A CIA Diary

eBook - 2015
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The first Afghan War, the CIA's war in response to 9/11, was approved by President Bush and directed by the author, Robert Grenier, the CIA station chief in Islamabad. Forging separate alliances with warlords, Taliban dissidents, and Pakistani intelligence, Grenier defeated the Taliban and put Hamid Karzai in power in 88 days. Later, as head of CIA counterterrorism, he watches as bureaucratic dysfunction in the CIA, Pentagon, and the White House lead to failure in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781476712093
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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May 05, 2015

Working as he did for the CIA, a secretive and clandestine organization I find a tell-all by him as being rather incredible. The book is generally well written and cohesive, lacking in the discontinuities of redactions that I would expect from severe zealous editing by the agency. But the real story is that when Kandahar was a side show there was some kind of plan; later with the attention of higher-ups Kandahar came to be part of a DC power struggle with petty rivalries making any kind of plan irrelevant. Of course we're back beyond where we started. The Afghans know it's just a game. Too bad about all those dead bodies.

ChristchurchLib Mar 31, 2015

Immediately after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S., President George W. Bush approved a CIA-led campaign in Afghanistan with the aim of defeating the Taliban and dismantling Al-Qa'ida. Author Robert Grenier, then the CIA's station chief in Islamabad, Pakistan, was asked to develop American policy in Afghanistan and direct the war there. His memoir of these experiences provides vivid depictions of the people involved and of the effects of Washington's political and bureaucratic interference. Grenier's detailed chronology of the war, leadership missteps, and subsequent failures concludes with sobering implications for continued American engagement in the region. History and Current Events April 2015 newsletter.

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