FDL Book Salon Welcomes Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes

By: Sunday June 22, 2014 1:59 pm

Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living is a deconstruction of the American “War on Terror” as it pertained to Afghanistan. It is an argument that the US military allowed itself to fall into chasing phantoms, put up to search and destroy missions by tribal allies mainly interested in using the Americans to settle feuds and deflect rivals. They got drawn into what anthropologists call the segmentary lineage political system of rural Afghanistan.

In short, as Gopal tells the story, there was no Taliban activity in Afghanistan to speak of by 2002, but the US military machine required an enemy.

 

NATO Forces in Afghanistan Killed Civilians in Sangin, Evidence Now Shows

By: Friday August 6, 2010 11:35 am

Exclusive, on-the-ground interviews obtained by Brave New Foundation’s Rethink Afghanistan project confirm what U.S. and allied forces repeatedly denied: U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan killed dozens of people in the Sangin District of Helmand Province on July 23.

Gates Backpedals on Kandahar Offensive

By: Wednesday June 9, 2010 6:40 pm

Defense Secretary Gates wants to extricate himself and the president from the impending P.R. disaster shaping up around the flailing Kandahar operation set for this Fall. Also, ISAF and the Pentagon are now comically denying that they ever planned an “offensive” in Kandahar.

“Little America” in Afghanistan: Is the US Repeating a Failed 1950′s Experiment in Social Engineering?

By: Monday February 15, 2010 6:00 am

In the US strategy review that President Obama conducted, how much of this history of Afghanistan was considered?

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