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  •  That book looks interesting and (1+ / 0-)
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    I'll be sure to read it.

    I was also looking for WaPo article from many years ago that addressed this.  Policy folks, international law pros have been analyzing and writing about this for years.  I'm looking forward to any mention Coll gives of this.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Wed May 22, 2013 at 04:41:00 PM PDT

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    •  It is an interesting if deeply depressing work (1+ / 0-)
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      Understand that it was published in 2004, and is conceived as a history of the period that ended on 9/10/01, and so doesn't technically discuss the modern drone program (although the early, pre-weaponized drone era is discussed).  And, as one might expect from a book written in that faraway year, it's a tad "Go Team!" (ie, Bush had yet to be revealed as an incompetent fool) but I think it does a good job of bringing to life the bureaucratic inertia and indifference to what was happening in Afghanistan after the Russians left that led to the world we live in today.  

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      by Gator Keyfitz on Wed May 22, 2013 at 05:00:36 PM PDT

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      •  It's the Afghanistan history (1+ / 0-)
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        that most interests me - I have family Pashtun friends from near the Af-Pak border and have read a fair amount of history on everything from the Great Game to the Frontier Gandhi.

        So I will enjoy it.  Thanks again.

        I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

        by Satya1 on Wed May 22, 2013 at 05:32:54 PM PDT

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        •  Sounds like we have read some of the same books (1+ / 0-)
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          Yes, it is a very interesting region.  You owe it to yourself to read the Coll book, I know you would like it.  Take care.

          No one likes armed missionaries. -- Robespierre.

          by Gator Keyfitz on Wed May 22, 2013 at 05:41:26 PM PDT

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