AirTalk for July 9, 2012

New book explores President Obama’s 2009 surge in Afghanistan

In his new book, Rajiv Chandrasekaran sheds light on the war in Afghanistan

U.S engagement in Afghanistan is often connected to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil. Yet a new book dates America’s presence in Afghanistan back to 1951 and a young king in Kabul.

In Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan, author Rajiv Chandrasekaran explores the latest incarnation of U.S. involvement in the Middle Eastern nation and President Obama’s 2009 military surge.

In a behind-the-scenes view, Chandrasekaran reveals previously unknown details of the political struggle to transform Afghanistan; from a CIA assessment of security in Afghanistan, information on infighting between senior White House officials and Richard Holbrooke, the President’s former special envoy to Afghanistan and how electronic eavesdropping led to successful raids on the Taliban.

What are your thoughts on the U.S.’s involvement in Afghanistan? Do you believe it has taken too long to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan?

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Rajiv Chandrasekaran author of Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan (Knopf) and Senior Correspondent for the Washington Post


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