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European countries were mostly concerned and still are about the fighters who return home after being engaged in a war in some remote locations.
The terrorist aggression gave a warning signal to G8 countries that not even cooperation can enforce total security and stability. In a race against time, Al Qaeda members tried to instill fear in the U.
The main reason for their success was — Al Qaeda is not a legitimate country nor institution. Some military-political models were subjected to discussion and ultimately dissolved.
Drug trafficking and corruption tainted American allies in Laos, as it has more recently in Afghanistan. And disastrous defeats meant moral pressure on the United States to accept as refugees locals who had collaborated with the Americans: then Hmong rebels, today Iraqis who worked as wartime interpreters.
The Laos story has been told many times, in memoirs, academic and popular books, and even internal C.
Kurlantzick has drawn on these accounts, but he has also managed to get interviews with the memorable characters around whom he builds his story. Lair ended up so disgusted with what the American war had turned into that he left the C.
Since Kurlantzick interviewed them, all four of his main characters have died, which makes his research over more than a decade even more valuable.
According to the author, Lair believed the US was helping Laotians to fight a necessary war and that his country was doing the right thing page Lair opposed the air war and massive bombing campaign in Laos page Kurlantzick juxtaposes Lair with figures like Bill Sullivan, who as ambassador in Vientiane essentially managed the secret war for over four years page Sullivan was a disciple of the veteran diplomat Averell Harriman, whom Kennedy had named ambassador-at-large in the early days of the Vietnam War and in picked to lead the Geneva talks with the North Vietnamese, which nominally vowed to keep American and Vietnamese troops out of Laos.
The book shows it was the steely and distant foreign policy elite like Sullivan and Henry Kissinger who went all in on a secret war whose human costs they little understood — or cared to know about.
But Sullivan was able to lie before congressional committees and obfuscate enough to prolong military entanglement. For this, Kissinger entrusted him with even greater responsibility, giving him a central role in negotiations with Hanoi.
Despite its real-world blunders, the CIA ultimately concluded that the war in Laos had been a strategic success; it had proven to them they were capable of running a covert war across the world. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the book is the lessons it contains for contemporary policymakers and a vigilant citizenry, with parallels to underreported US military engagement in Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
But the lessons from the Laos war have not yet been learned, or perhaps some very powerful and unaccountable people have drawn the wrong lessons.In general, American institutions had to design new structures, because the war demanded it. The book shows it was the steely and distant foreign policy elite like Sullivan and Henry Kissinger who went all in on a secret war whose human costs they little understood — or cared to know about.
Endnotes reveal Kurlantzick conducted some of the earliest interviews with subjects over 15 years before publication.
He enlisted an American officer in Laos to fly him over enemy territory and from a low altitude, tossed the heads of North Vietnamese from the aircraft, raining down on soldiers below. Looking for More Great Reads?
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Kurlantzick weaves his war narrative through the stories of four individuals: Bill Lair, a young CIA advisor in the field; the Hmong soldier and leader Vang Pao; the highly successful diplomat and former Ambassador Bill Sullivan; and Tony Poe.
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