Saturday , August 17 2019

88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary

In his new book, 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary (Simon & Schuster, 2015), Grenier draws from his experience launching the U.S.-led “southern campaign” in Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks and sheds critical light on the evolution of U.S. policy following the Iraq war and over the next ten years.

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Grenier discussed how the U.S. strategy changed between the first invasion, during which it sought to include local stakeholders like the eventual president, Hamid Karzai, and its second major campaign against the Taliban in 2005, when it tried to lead operations more unilaterally. In the ensuing years up until today, he argues that the United States has failed to strike the right balance for empowering Afghan leadership.