By Robert L. Grenier
The “first” Afghan battle, a CIA battle based on 9-11, was once directed through the CIA Station leader in Islamabad. It placed Hamid Karzai in energy in 88 days. “If you will have an insider’s account of the 1st American-Afghan warfare, you can’t do larger than this…Important examining to appreciate the place we're today” (Library Journal).
From his coaching of the unique, post-9/11 warfare plan, authorized via President Bush, via to “final” fleeting victory, Robert Grenier relates the story of the “southern campaign,” which drove al-Qa’ida and the Taliban from Kandahar, its capital, in an striking eighty-eight days.
“With his ringside seat because the senior business enterprise reliable stationed closest to Afghanistan, Grenier is ready to describe assembly via assembly, occasionally mobilephone name after cellphone name, how occasions unfolded” (The manhattan Times). In his gripping account, we meet: basic Tommy Franks, who bridles at CIA regulate of “his” battle; normal “Jafar Amin,” a gruff Pakistani intelligence officer who saves Grenier from committing profession suicide; Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s fabulous ambassador to the USA, who attempts to warn her executive of the al-Qa’ida hazard; and Hamid Karzai, the confusing anti-Taliban rebel, a guy with parts of greatness, petulance, and moods.
With suspense and perception, Grenier info his very own struggles and triumphs. 88 Days to Kandahar is “an action-packed story, wealthy in implication, of the post-9/11 race to unseat the Taliban and rout al-Qaida in Afghanistan” (Kirkus Reviews).
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There was an irony in their situation, an absurdity, at this last stage with seas of blood already spilled. “Manfred von Schenckendorff,” the man answered. ” There was only one possible answer. Joseph was in Ypres, as he had been since the beginning. He had friends there, people he could trust. “Ypres,” Matthew answered. “Wherever the Cambridgeshires are. ” “Of course. ” Matthew was surprised, and slightly disconcerted. This man had too much knowledge to be simply a messenger. Was this a last chance at vengeance by the Peacemaker, because Matthew and Joseph had been responsible for too many of his failures?
Even an amateur used one truth to disguise his other lies. The man hesitated. Matthew smiled. There was an irony in their situation, an absurdity, at this last stage with seas of blood already spilled. “Manfred von Schenckendorff,” the man answered. ” There was only one possible answer. Joseph was in Ypres, as he had been since the beginning. He had friends there, people he could trust. “Ypres,” Matthew answered. “Wherever the Cambridgeshires are. ” “Of course. ” Matthew was surprised, and slightly disconcerted.
Matthew felt the sweat stand out on his skin, and yet inside he was suddenly cold. No outsider could know the name they had given him. Who was this man? The silence in the room was so intense, he could hear the faint sounds of footsteps outside in the street. “For the death of your parents,” the man went on, watching Matthew’s face. “But also because he will have a very great effect on Britain’s demands at the peace negotiations, which cannot be more than weeks away now. I would estimate about the second week in November.