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Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan Paperback – August 16, 2017
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"Scott Horton's Fool's Errand is a deeply insightful and well-informed book on America's longest war, explaining why it remains as unwinnable as it ever was. It appears at an importantmoment as the Trump administration considers once again reinforcing failure." -- Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent, author of TheAge of Jihad: Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East
"An incisive, informative analysis of the Afghan fiasco and how we got there, scrubbed clean of propaganda and disinformation. Horton captures the situation very well indeed. I much enjoyed reading it." -- Eric S. Margolis, author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet and American Raj: Liberation or Domination? Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World
"Scott Horton's Fool'sErrand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan is a brilliant achievement and agreat read. I recommended it to the faculty at the Army Command and GeneralStaff College to be part of the course work. It's that important." -- Col.Douglas Macgregor, U.S. Army (ret.), author of Warrior's Rage: The Great Tank Battle of 73 Easting
"A lot of people think of the war in Iraq as the bad war, but Afghanistan as the good and justifiable war. That convenient view does not survive Scott Horton's careful and incisive demolition." -- Thomas E. Woods Jr., author of Nullification: How to ResistFederal Tyranny in the 21st Century and Rollback:Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse
"Why is the United States still fighting in Afghanistan? In this timely new book, Scott Horton explains why America's longest war is strategically misguided and why getting out would make the United States safer and advance America's broader national interests. Even readers who do not share Horton's libertarian world-view are likely to find themselves nodding in agreement: the war in Afghanistan has indeed become a 'fool's errand.'" -- Stephen M. Walt, professor of international affairs, Harvard University, author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
About the Author
Scott Horton is managing director of The Libertarian Institute at LibertarianInstitute.org, host of Antiwar Radio for Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles and 88.3 FM KUCR in Riverside, California, host of the Scott Horton Show podcast from ScottHorton.org and the opinion editor of Antiwar.com. Horton has conducted more than 4,500 interviews since 2003. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.
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The book is well researched. It is well (densely, meticulously) foot-noted and documented. The author is clear and cogent in making the case that it is time to end the wars in Afghanistan. He brings us up to speed on how we got here and why we must change course. The US is over-extended fighting for both sides in conflict after conflict. We are actively creating future problems and blowback by misguided and immoral foreign policy actions today.
Why does this book matter?
We, the people, must wake up and come to understand the the role that our own government's actions have played in setting the world on fire. We can't continue to shoulder shrug, and allow this to continue for another year, another decade, the rest of the century. That is where we are headed if we don't all come together to demand that our government allow us and the rest of the world to live in peace. We owe this not only to ourselves and the world's citizen's, but to our children and grandchildren.
We simply cannot continue to shoulder-shrug, plod along with our "real life" day to day existences wholly oblivious or purposely ignorant of the murder & destruction of hundreds of thousands of others' real lives wrought by our government in our names.
Follow Scott Horton and his work. Go to his site at the Libertarian Institute. Read his book. Buy it for your friends. Donate. Join the call for peace.
Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan
Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan is thoroughly documented with well over 1,000 citations including reporting from veteran journalists and authors Michael Hastings, Seymour Hersch, James Bamford, Anand Gopal, and Eric Margolis among others, as well as articles from the "official" papers-of-record, references to documentary films, U.S. government reports, and details culled from more than 4,500 of his own radio interviews. Horton explores the gamut of U.S and foreign sources to provide a comprehensive counter-narrative to the official Washington line and fill the neocon-sanctioned COIN Doctrine and Myth of the Surge so full of holes that it's soon obvious: the stated goals of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan don't hold water.