Thu September 13, 2012
Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washinton Post on "The War within the War for Afghanistan"
On this edition of our program, we are pleased to speak with Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a senior correspondent and associate editor with The Washington Post, whose newest book (just out in June of this year) is called "Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan." This book, like much of Chandrasekaran's tireless reporting over the last several years, basically explores America's response to both al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan --- a complex, often difficult, and ongoing military engagement that now stands as the longest war in U.S. history. In this book, which Publishers Weekly (in a starred review) called a "searing [work marked by] solid and timely reporting, crackling prose, and more than a little controversy," Chandrasekaran focuses on the various rivalries, conflicts, quarrels, and disconnects that have occurred within the U.S. military --- and within the U.S. government --- in regard to Afghanistan. Such deep-rooted disagreements and communication break-downs were also among the focal points of a speech that Chandrasekaran gave last night (the 12th) at the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations. (That speech was likewise entitled "The War within the War for Afghanistan.")