Pomegranate Peace, a new novel by Rashmee Roshan Lall, is a funny, sad and all-too-true piece of fiction about the failure of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, and about the crippling isolation America’s diplomats impose on themselves in that misguided war. The novel is also a cookbook, but we’ll get to that later.
|By: emptywheel Saturday October 22, 2011 1:59 pm|
You can summarize the story of Peter Van Buren’s We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People with his assessment of the scams Iraqis pulled off with reconstruction dollars: “It wasn’t so much we were conned, it was as if we demanded to be cheated and would not take no for an answer.” The book describes what he saw of the various reconstruction efforts in Iraq, particularly his experience serving on a State Department Provisional Reconstruction Team in 2009.
|By: Brian Balogh Sunday October 9, 2011 1:59 pm|
How has American nation-building changed the world? What can we learn from this history? How has this history been used and misused by American policy makers? And what makes nation-building work – what has undermined it?
These are just a few of the questions that Jermi Suri asks and answers in Liberty’s Surest Guardian.
|By: Jim White Monday July 5, 2010 9:00 am|
In this post on Sunday, I noted that General David Petraeus’ comments on Saturday had touted the team and the mission in Afghanistan without ever getting around to noting just what the mission really is. Late in the comment thread, Lieutenant Commander Bill Speaks, head of the Digital Engagement Team for Central Command, turned up in comments to provide a link to the official ISAF mission statement. Under a breakdown analysis, the ISAF mission statement in Afghanistan breaks down entirely.
|By: Josh Mull Thursday June 24, 2010 5:45 pm|
In the wake of General McChrystal’s firing, supporters of his counterinsurgency strategy have shifted to the blame game. Their target? US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry. But is Eikenberry really at fault, or has he been right all along?