No Good Men Among the Living
By Anand Gopal
Months into our Afghanistan occupation, unbeknownst to most Americans, the United States was presented with a possibility that might have saved countless lives: the surrender of top Taliban leaders. But false intelligence and distrust of our adversary prompted Pentagon officials to reject the deal, effectively laying the groundwork for America’s longest war to date. Through the accounts of a reluctant Taliban chief, a US-funded warlord, and an Afghan woman dragged into the fray by the opposing forces, Anand Gopal presents a brilliant analysis of our military’s dysfunction and a startlingly clear account of the consequences.
This review originally appeared in our May/June 2014 issue of Mother Jones.