An Unwinnable War: Australia in Afghanistan

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, 2011 - History - 382 pages
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Australians are embroiled in their nationÍs longest military conflict the war in Afghanistan and this book charts from former Prime Minister John HowardÍs presence in Washington, DC on September 11, 2001, to the "transition" plan to hand security to Afghan forces. Based on interviews with key political and military figures in Australia and abroad, here the tensions between political and military decision-making, the nature and potency of the U.S. alliance, and the influence of individual personalities in charting AustraliaÍs course are laid bareæin what was once dubbed the "good war."

 

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Contents

Tuesday Morning
1
All the Way
19
Rule Number 12
35
On the Ground
52
Sticker Shock
68
The Short Haul
78
Gamechanger
94
On Two Fronts
104
The Loyalty Card
187
The Red Line
203
God Moments
224
Turning Point
242
Afghanisation
256
Capture or Kill
285
Vision
298
Acknowledgements
326

Cause and Effect
127
Out by Christmas
139
The Call
158
Going Dutch
172
Notes
328
Index
371
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Karen Middleton is a political journalist with more than 20 years of experience reporting on national and international affairs in print and broadcast media. She is the chief political correspondent with SBS Television and a former president of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery.

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