The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan

By Nick Turse (Editor)
(Verso, Paperback, 9781844674510, 185pp.)

Publication Date: September 2010

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Known as the graveyard of empires, Afghanistan has now been singled out as Obama's "just war," the destination for an additional thirty thousand US troops in an effort to shore up an increasingly desperate occupation. Nick Turse brings together a range of leading commentators, politicians, and military strategists to analyze America's real motives and likely prospects. Through on-the-spot reporting, clear-headed analysis and historical comparisons with Afghanistan's previous occupiers--Britain and the Soviet Union, who also argued that they were fighting a just and winnable war--"The Case for Withdrawal From Afghanistan" carefully examines the current US strategy and offers sobering conclusions. This timely and focused collection aims at the heart of Obama's foreign policy and shows why it is so unlikely to succeed.



About the Author
Nick Turse, an award-winning journalist and historian, is the author of "The Complex "and the research director for the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His work has appeared in the "Los Angeles Times", the "San Francisco Chronicle", and "The Nation". Turse's investigations of U.S. war crimes in Vietnam have gained him a Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He lives near New York City.


Praise For The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan

“A pathbreaking synthesis of American and Russian perspectives on the illusions of empire and the impossibility of ‘victory’ in Afghanistan. As the contributors so eloquently emphasize, the only realistic and humane option can be spelled in three letters: O-U-T.”—Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums

“A fascinating and essential guide which puts the war in Afghanistan in the context of its recent history and dispels propaganda stereotypes about how the US, Britain and their allies became involved.”—Patrick Cockburn, author of The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq

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