Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of by Ahmed Rashid

By Ahmed Rashid

The no 1 big apple instances bestselling writer presents a stunning research of the difficulty in Pakistan and the renewed radicalism threatening Afghanistan and the West.

Ahmed Rashid is “Pakistan’s top and bravest reporter” (Christopher Hitchens). His detailed wisdom of this big and intricate zone permits him a breathtaking imaginative and prescient and nuance that no Western author can emulate.

His ebook Taliban first brought American readers to the brutal regime that hijacked Afghanistan and harbored the terrorist team liable for the Sep 11 assaults. Now, Rashid examines the quarter and the corridors of strength in Washington and Europe to work out how the promised state construction in those nations has pro-gressed. His conclusions are devastating: An risky and nuclear-armed Pakistan, a renewed al’ Qaeda benefiting from a booming opium exchange, and a Taliban resurgence and reconquest. whereas Iraq maintains to draw such a lot of yankee media and armed forces may, Rashid argues that Pakistan and Afghanistan are the place the clash will eventually be performed out and that those failing states pose a graver possibility to worldwide defense than the center East.

Benazir Bhutto’s assassination and the problem in Pakistan are just the start. Rashid assesses what her loss of life capacity for the area and the longer term. Rashid has exceptional entry to the figures during this international drama, and offers up to the moment research larger than an individual else. Descent Into Chaos will do for primary Asia what Thomas Rick’s Fiasco did for Iraq — provide a blistering critique of the Bush management and an impassioned name to right our failed approach within the zone.

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He had barely traveled outside the United States, did not read about other countries, and knew no foreign leaders, frequently mixing up their names and designations. During his election campaign in 2000, he committed two grand faux pas—the first when he did not know the name of General Pervez Musharraf, who was then president of Pakistan, and the second when he thought the Taliban were an all-girls pop group. 5 The ease with which Bush’s lack of interest in foreign policy was accepted by the American political elite was unfortunately also a reflection of the attitude of President Bill Clinton to global problems.

Moreover, there was no internationally accepted definition of what constituted terrorism, given the cliché that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. And the war, which is fought by soldiers, ignored all other policies needed to fight Islamic extremism—political, economic, and social reforms. Al Qaeda had a political strategy wrapped in the flag of Islam, so defeating al Qaeda required an equally broad political strategy, one that would win hearts and minds in the Muslim world. Instead, the phraseology of the neocons became more and more disturbing as it aimed to terrify the American public.

An invasion force that does not first politically neutralize all potential sources of trouble in its rear does not understand either military strategy or diplomacy. Above all, arrogance and ignorance were in abundant supply as the Bush administration invaded two countries in the Muslim world without any attempt to understand the history, culture, society, or traditions of those countries. S. invasion of Iraq the greatest strategic military disaster in American history, a massive squandering of lives and resources that will affect the Middle East and reduce the power of the United States for years to come.

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