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作       者:Robert L. Grenier

出  版  社:Simon & Schuster

出版时间:2015-01-27

字       数:77.4万

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The First American-Afghan War, a CIA war, was approved by President George W. Bush and directed by the author, Robert Grenier, the CIA station chief in Islamabad. Forging separate alliances with warlords, Taliban dissidents, and Pakistani intelligence, Grenier launched the “southern campaign,” orchestrating the final defeat of the Taliban and Hamid Karzai’s rise to power in 88 chaotic days.In his gripping narrative, we meet: General Tommy Franks, who bridled at CIA control of “his” war; General “Jafar Amin,” a gruff Pakistani intelligence officer who saved Grenier from committing career suicide; Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s brilliant ambassador to the US, who tried to warn her government of the al-Qa’ida threat; “Mark,” the CIA operator who guided Gul Agha Shirzai to bloody victory over the Taliban; General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, a cautious man who became the most powerful man in Pakistan, struggling with Grenier’s demands while trying to protect his country; and Hamid Karzai, the puzzling anti-Taliban insurgent, a man of courage, petulance, and vacillating moods.Grenier’s enemies out in front prove only slightly more lethal than the ones behind his own lines. This first war is won despite Washington bureaucrats who divert resources, deny military support, and try to undermine the only Afghan allies capable of winning. Later, as he directed the CIA’s role in the Iraq War, Grenier watched the initial victory squandered. His last command was of CIA’s CounterTerrorism Center (CTC), as Bush-era terrorism policies were being repudiated, as the Taliban re-emerged in Afghanistan, and as Pakistan
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Cover

Dedication

Author’s Note

List of Maps

Cast of Principal Characters

Part One: Inflection Point

1. The Plan

2. The Subversive

Part Two: The Road to War: Pakistan, the Taliban, and al-Qa’ida

3. The Best of Times

4. Warnings and Forebodings

5. Romancing the Taliban

6. The War That Never Was

7. The Outlier

8. Countdown

Part Three: The First American-Afghan War

9. Non-Negotiable Demands

10. Charting the Course

11. Perfidious Albion

12. A Dip in the Shark Tank

13. Vox Clamantis

14. A Fall from Grace

15. The Wages of Sin

16. Son of Kings

17. No Return

18. Son of the Lion

19. “As Flies to Wanton Boys . . .”

20. The Ambush

21. Dress Rehearsal

22. Nuclear Nightmares

23. The Prodigal

24. Enemies Without, Enemies Within

25. Salvation

26. Entering the Rapids

27. Cataract

28. A Wilderness of Mirrors

29. Redemption and Vindication

30. Serendipity to Inevitability

31. Earthly Rewards

32. Badlands

33. Twin Reprieves

34. The Convergence

35. The Escape

Part Four: Pakistan, Al-Qa’ida, and the Wider War

36. The Czar

37. Distraction in the East

38. Days of Hope and Promise

39. The Poet

40. The Public and the Personal

41. The Reckoning

42. The Sage

43. Flirting with Armageddon

Part Five: Postscript: Once and Future Wars

44. Premonitions

45. The Unraveling

46. Acceptance

Photographs

Acknowledgments

Photo Credits

About the Author

Index

Copyright

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