Steve Coll on America’s secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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“The story of how a Nobel Peace Prize-winning President, inherited a war, escalated a war and then left a muddle behind is important. How it happened is a cautionary tale for future presidents,” Pulitzer prize-winning author Steve Coll muses in his new book “Directorate S; the C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Can America find a solution to extracting itself from its longest ever war?

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Daniel Meegan and an Afghan interpreter stop to question an Afghan man about Taliban activity while patrolling the area surrounding Zabul province, Afghanistan. Photo credit: Spc. Eric Cabral, U.S. Army



  • Steve Coll - Author and Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, CEO of New America Foundation


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