In his State Of The Union address, President Obama touted the end of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan, but a new book says it could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century.
Tracing the conflict from 9/11 to the American drawdown at the end of 2014, “The Good War: Why We Couldn’t Win the War or the Peace in Afghanistan” refutes the argument that the war could have been “won” with more boots on the ground. (Read an excerpt.)
Despite the gloomy description of this history, the book ends on an optimistic note, saying there has been progress in Afghanistan in the last 13 years and there is hope for the future.
Author and war correspondent Jack Fairweather talks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about his new book and what it suggests about the memory of the war in American history.