In his book Funding The Enemy, award-winning, independent journalist Douglas A. Wissing makes the case that with the vague intention of winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan, the US government has mismanaged billions of development and logistics dollars, bolstered the drug trade and dumped untold millions into Taliban hands. Wissing's vivid narrative takes the reader down to ground level in frontline Afghanistan. It draws on the voices of hundreds of combat soldiers, ordinary Afghans, private contractors, aid workers, international consultants and government officials. From these contacts it became very clear, as the author details, that US taxpayer dollars have been flowing into Taliban coffers, courtesy of scandalously mismanaged US development and counterinsurgency programs, to calamitous military and social effect. This is the first book to detail the toxic embrace between American policymakers and careerists, Afghan kleptocrats and opportunistic Taliban. The result? US taxpayers have been funding both sides of the disastrous Afghanistan War. Join us live or send your thoughts and comments ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org
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