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

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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The Washington Post
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)

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.

Robin A. Johnson is a governmental relations, public policy and political consultant. He is an expert on government reform issues and has consulted with numerous local governments on consolidation/merger, public-private partnerships and full-cost accounting of public services. Robin has also helped candidates win elections for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, state legislature, judiciary and local government. Robin served as a consultant to the Office of Statewide Performance Review in the Illinois Governor’s Office and is former director of the Illinois Center for Competitive Government, a partnership between the Illinois Comptroller’s Office and the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. Prior to that, he was Director of the Local Government Affairs Division of the Illinois Comptroller’s Office. Robin served on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) in 1999-2000.