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Learning the Lessons of Afghanistan

August 30, 2012

“Learning the Lessons of Afghanistan,” The National Interest, August 30, 2012.

Little America should be required reading for all military personnel sent overseas, replacing the fake Three Cups of Tea, which was warmly embraced by naive generals who bet on nation building under the guise of the COIN (counterinsurgency) strategy. The book is a detailed report of our failed policies in Afghanistan by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a leading Washington Post reporter. It uses an early episode in U.S.-Afghan relations as a revealing and emblematic tale of why the United States suffers from a severe case of what I previously called Multiple Realism Deficiency Disorder

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Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy

August 21, 2012

In their book Bending History, authors Martin Indyk, Kenneth Liberthal, and Michael O'Hanlon offer a summary of Obama's foreign policy successes and setbacks during his first 3 years as president.