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National Politics

A Remarkable and Disturbing Book about the Afghanistan War That Evokes the Ghosts of Vietnam

Craig Whitlock is an investigative reporter who specializes in national security issues for The Washington Post.
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WASHINGTON DC-FEBRUARY 09 Craig Whitlock is an investigative reporter who specializes in national security issues for The Washington Post. He is photographed in Washington, DC on February 09, 2018. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
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Craig Whitlock, investigative reporter for the Washington Post, discusses his new book, Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War, which is based on thousands of interviews and direct source materials from those involved at the top levels of our government and military and those at the ground level. Whitlock discusses mission creep, nation building, the distraction of the Iraq War, the disconnect between what the public was told by leaders from both parties and the military and what was actually happening on the ground, and much more.