Journal: The Afghanistan Impasse–Chuck Spinney Highlights NYT Review of Books

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The Afghanistan Impasse

By Ahmed Rashid New York Review of Books
Volume 56, Number 15 · October 8, 2009
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To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan by Nicholas Schmidle Henry Holt, 254 pp., $25.00

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Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda by Gretchen Peters Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s, 300 pp., $25.95
Full Story with Spinney Highlights
Full Story with Spinney Highlights

Follow the Frog to the full article with Chuck Spinney’s highlights, nine pages in an easily downloaded document.

Highlights as we read them:

1) Massiviely fraudulent election in Afghanistan;

2) Military situation going from bad to worse for US and the (virtually non-existent) Afghan Army and Police;

3) Pakistan keeping 80% of its troops on the border with India;

4) Pakistan refusing to rein in its one really disciplined jihadist group that keeps attacking India (Mumbia plus).

Review: Descent into Chaos–The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

5 Star, Cultural Intelligence, Insurgency & Revolution, Peace Intelligence
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Ahmed Rashid

5 out of 5 stars Broad but Nuanced, Exudes Intelligence,Absorbing Speaking of Truth, June 17, 2009

Among the observations from the author”

1. U.S. has destabilized the world after 9-11, not made it safer.

2. Pakistan is the key to peace in the region, but the US has been totally taken in by Musharraf and his army and ISI colleagues, all of whom have played the US (easily) for the total fool.

3. “No coherence to US tactics and strategy” combined with a collapsed Cabinet system and “ruinous laws” making torture the norm.

4. Pashtuns lacked leadership on the ground for decades, a major reason why they did not counter the Taliban

5. If Pakistan is the key to peace in the region, Uzbekistan is the key to future war, mixing as it does the worst of dictatorial tyranny (I know, tautologically redundant, enjoy) with deep Islamic fundamentalism.

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