Ahmed Rashid: Descent into Chaos



L presented here is impressive and illuminating Ahmed Rashid image from Penguin Random House Speakers BureauThe main foci in Descent are Pakistan and Afghanistan Rashid characterizes Pakistan as being unlike ther nations The epithet that countries have armies but in Pakistan the army has a country came true p 38 He demonstrates The Stars are Falling: Reasons to Believe We are Enslaved by the Serpent over andver the hold the military has One Way Ticket to London over the nation and shows how it has been nearly impossible for civilian rule to come to much when it must always remain subservient to those with all the guns Onef the major The Complete Book of Elves organizations within the military is the ISI Inter Services Intelligence Directorate This is the entity that has been responsible for supporting the Taliban in both Afghanistan and now in Pakistan itself that has seen to it that massive percentagesf aid received from the USA and intended for use in anti terrorist activities have been diverted to supporting the Taliban and to paying for bolstering Pakistan s traditional defenses against India Despite USA propaganda about a desire for democracy in Afghanistan American actions went in an entirely Family Talk other directionffering money to warlords at the expense f the central Karzai led government looking the ther way at the burgeoning poppy agriculture that was funding the Taliban and corrupt warlords The USA did nothing about Pakistan providing a safe harbor training euipment expertise and personnel for the Taliban then sending them back in to Afghanistan to wreak havoc Pawn Shop on US supported forces The USA left wide swathsf the country unpatrolled thus allowing escaping Taliban an easy exit during the initial bombardments I was most taken with the recurring impact Alchemy of Donald Rumsfeldn events in the area his pig headedness in caring not a whit about building back up the nation his army was helping destroy He consistently made decisions that led to the worst possible Maury, Wednesday's child outcomes leading to the situation today in which Afghanistan remains much less an actual country than a collectionf warlords protecting their individual turf with a national leadership that has compromised so much that there is almost no effective central power to speak Incomparable of The poppy crop is doing very nicely but it could have beentherwise had there been actual investment in developing the available resources to allow and encourage production Overwhelmed by the Spirit: Empowered to Manifest the Glory of God Throughout the Earth of nonpium crops I learned the most about Pakistan Rashid makes it very clear in painful detail how the country has arrived at today s precipice with a resurgent Taliban threatening the existence Momentum: Creating Effective, Engaging and Enjoyable Meetings of what government Pakistan still retains Rashidffers considerable discussion Boundary Broken (Boundary Magic, of the rolef NATO and the reluctance f most NATO members to contribute much f anything to an attempt to stabilize war ravaged Afghanistan If the USA can be counted n to do the right thing after all ther ptions have been exhausted European members f NATO can usually be relied Careless on to delay and limit any contributions they are calledn to make adding impossible conditions and minimal financial support Rashid also looks at the situations in the neighboring stans Uzbejkistan Tajikstan Turkmenistan Kyrgyzstan and Kazahkstan It is not a pretty picture The entire area is a mess with evil dictators virtually enslaving their Competing for the Cup own populations while enriching themselves and gaining USA support byffering use Fat Land of their territory as bases for US action in Afghanistan He evenffers an example f how the USA managed to lose all influence with ne Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York of these as Russia and China swooped in toffer support to ne psychotic dictator when the US began demanding that the psycho tone it down a bit Rashid seemed to be saying that the USA had messed up here in losing access to the nation but he ffers no suggestions for what the US might have done to retain its access Sometimes Rashid s judgments are a uestionable He was much impressed with a fellow named Abdul Ha Rashid sees him as having been a potential leader Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side with David Bowie of Afghanistan a charismatic leader bentn pposing the Taliban Yet despite having no state support and nly personal funding from some American millionaires Ha pushed ahead with his plans to foment an anti Taliban insurrection yet could manage less than three dozen actual fighters He was soon captured and killed Surely a truly effective and thoughtful leader would not have made such a rash decision He must have had a lot less going Elmer on within him than Rashid gives him credit for And if he was so wrong about Hane wonders where else Rashid s personal feelings about relevant individuals might have affected his ability to evaluate their intelligence leadership capacity The Red Stockade or motives The bottom line here is that the situation in the entire area is intensely depressing Pakistan isn the edge f becoming a failed state Afghanistan appears little closer to having a stable democratic society The Taliban is the nly force in the area that seems to be thriving Rashid ffers nly tonics for what ne might do It is clear that pportunities have been lost and it is not clear that the Obama administration had any better ideas about how to proceed to stabilize the region than Bush did It seems safe to expect that whatever actions are undertaken by the Trump administration they will serve Russian than American interestsOne item I found very helpful in the book was a collection The Something of maps in the front I referred to them freuently It would have been helpful had there been a glossary at the back There are many acronyms here and Iften had to search back several pages to re discover what some f them meant But this is a uibble The book is illuminating far reaching and stands well the test f time EXTRA STUFFThe author s personal GR and Facebook pages Read the book that many f Obama s advisers are reading r have recently read and A Killing Tide on which they have clearly relied in helping articulate the detailsf Obama s call for an emphasis Shivers: four in one: The Enchanted Attic/A Ghastly Shade of Green/The Locked Room - The Awful Apple Orchard on Afghanistan and Pakistan as the central front in the warn terror As Raymond Bonner in the Times and at least L'Oracle de votre subconscient : I-Ching, Le Livre des transformations one reviewer here has complained the levelf detail can at times be daunting but it s worth sticking with it The picture is grim yes but Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! only when books like this reach a broad readership will we be able to make some informed rational choices moving forwardFor here is my recent review at the San Francisco Chronicle here is a and A with author Rashid If younly have time to read Les Naufrags d'Ythaq T03 : Le soupir des toiles one bookn post 911 Afghanistan Pakistan and to a lesser extent Central Asia and the subco One reviewer said reading this book was like taking very bad medicine I would agree with thatI take a contrarian I had two main reactions to Rashid s book One was frustration and the The Royal Joust other was appreciation My frustration extended largely from his liberal viewpoint that the warn Afghanistan was a just war and could ve gone swimmingly if American Maharajah only the various players had made the correct decisions and taken the appropriate actions His main argument. 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This was Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan one big sprawlf a depressing read far too complex for my abilities as a reviewer to put neatly into any sort synopsis r verview Luckily that has already been done brilliantly by Will Byrnes whose review I highly recommendInstead I shall note a few points that I picked up from the book just things that particularly stuck me view spoilerNation buildingThe author viewed nation building as the bedrock for positive progress War should be followed by help with restructuring and by endeavours to help create a civil society With regard to Afghanistan Pakistan and the neighbouring ex Soviet countries he felt that it was vitally important They needed support He considered it the best way f pposing The Taliban the Al aeda and poppyheroin production But this came too little and too late Certainly aid to Afghanistan after the Americans invaded was pathetic Later aid given to Afghanistan was considerably increased but by then anti American feeling was entrenched and things in Afghanistan generally were direTime after time Rashid points to a lack f aid and support for rdinary people as being the main cause f failure in the West s intervention in both Afghanistan and Pakistan Certainly the help given to training the Afghanistan army police force and the justice system seemed hugely inadeuate and given the strength f the warlords in imposing their rule proper state security seemed a pretty hopeless fantasy And without state security everything else Achtung! Cthulhu or less falls by the waysideWho America SupportedInsteadf supporting the general population Infamy of Afghanistan and Pakistan the US supported the warlords in Afghanistan and in Pakistan it liaised with President Musharraf who siphonedff most General P.T.G. Beauregard of the aid given by America into the army Therdinary people My Wishful Thinking of these countries saw very littlef the money that was being donated by America there was very little improvement their lives The Boy and the Blue Moon or in the way their countries were being run As a result their dislikef America just grew and grew President Bush embraced Musharraf and the militaryHe has created an immense hatred for the US Army and America a hatred that penetrates all classes f societyPakistanWith a population f 175 million Pakistan is the fifth largest country in the world but it is deeply divided with ethnic social and economic differencesAnd what a can The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 of worms it is when it comes to Pakistan American relations After extensive reading I can still barely get my head around it Withne hand Musharraf was supporting America eg giving it airbases to use in anti Taliban exercises in Afghanistan but Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest on thether hand Pakistan s intelligence service and army was supporting the Taliban even training soldiers for its army who it saw as being a useful presence in Afghanistan For nearly a decade Pakistan had successfully blocked an Indian presence in Kabul via the Indian hating Taliban It also tolerated the Al ueda which had a presence in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan America was giving large amounts f aid to President Musharraf in its efforts to further the war against terrorism and Pakistan was usurping its efforts every bit as much as it was helping them Warlords in AfghanistanUntil I read this book I had no idea f the power in the hands f these men They rose up after Russia left Afghanistan and the in the civil wars that followed The authority f the government army and police in Afghanistan all seemed very fragile when compared with their strength Herewith a description f ne f them Ismel Khan ne Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) of the biggest warlordsHe commanded a territoryf five western provincesHe had an army f some 25000 menHe liaised and made deals first with Iran and then with the AmericansHe earned between 3 5 million every month in customs revenue from a border crossing None f this was shared with anyone else including the central governmentJudging from the book the warlords really seem a law unto themselves with vast control Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks over the people who live in their fiefdoms Central Government in AfghanistanSo little support was given by the International community to the Afghanistan president President Karzai and his government For the first four months there was no cash from donors to pay the salariesf civil servants and police Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman officers His presidential palace had been bombedut and the gaping holes in many Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition of the rooms brought in snow flurries and chilling winds Some ministers moved into theirffices to find no windows desks chairs Heaven Next Stop or even pens whilstthers didn t even have a building to call their wnmeanwhile the warlords were rolling in millions f dollarsFinally I am very ignorant about such things and found these statistics pretty mind bogglingThe US Defence Budget2001293 billion More than the put together budget f the next 15 countries in the world including all European countries and China2003360 billion2006427 billionIt had grown by 40% since 9112008647 billionEuivalent to what the entire rest f the world spends Bases Loaded on defence hide spoiler In a recent news briefing invalidating American criticismf the anti extremists campaigns in Pakistan asserts the Pakistani Army chief that the army Pakistani has broken the backbone Have A Good Night, Volume 1 of Islamist militants in the country Gen Kayani s high claimsn the resourceful perations against the militants were met with ambiguity by political critic as the country is consistently shaken by terror attacks with a dominant insurgency stirring n the Afghan Pak bordersimage error Read this n my 24 hour long road trip from Islamabad to Kandahar It s an interesting read highly anti American I must say but it reveals a great deal f Afghanistan and Pakistan s past going back to the time When You Lose Your Job of Zia Bhutto Daoud and the Russian invasionIt pulled me into the worldf politics and current affairs so I guess it worth a 4 star rating even though I ve read better books since Descent into Chaos is a scathing criticism f the Bush years which we all must agree were a fucking disaster and it explores the tenuous relationship f Afghanistan with it s neighbors Pakistan especially and it s future in World Affairs It talks a great deal about Pakistan s failures in the past as well as the working Isabel the Queen: Life and Times of its political parties and its continuous resurrectionf military ruleIf you want to know about the Mujaheddin Taliban and Al aeda read this NowIt also delves into a deep discussion Fantastic Post Office 03 of Central Asia all in the perspectivef the current Afg Even than a decade after its publication Descent Into Chaos is a must read for anyone interested in Tim Crouch ongoing events in Afghanistan Pakistan and the central Asian stans that make upne f the most politically volatile areas n earth Rashid is both a journalist and a participant having been a member Drawing the Human Head of various groups and committees attempting to address thengoing conflicts As such he brings his Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics own personal listf good guys and bad guys and should be taken with a grain f salt But the level f detai. 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Appeared to be that Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, occupation though he argued that it wasn t and nation building can be done successfully ifnly everyone is up front genuine and n the level This strikes me as a painfully na ve way f interpreting world events and prescribing solutions Just as he tried to contextualize Afghanistan with ther countries in Central Asia the US invasion and ccupation needs to be contextualized within a discussion Pontius Pilate of hegemony and capitalism After the scoresf countries the US has invaded I m shocked people still think the US actually cares about the Afghan Irai Guatemalan Filipino etc etc people and that the if Livin de Life only argument is still used Myther frustration was that there was much that seemed to be missing from the book There was not much Aeralis of a discussionf the Taliban Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half or Al aeda what they thought how they formed why they were bad It was just assumed that they were bad and needed no discussion I think labeling something as bad and worthyf being Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives opposed without much discussion is dangerous even if the label is appropriate I was also troubled by histher labeling Radio Crackling, Radio Gone of things He doesn t discuss what jihad means but again it s taken to be bad He claims talib means religious student and madrassa means religious school when both just mean student and school He doesn t explain his definitionf Islamic extremism The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit or fundamentalism Finally in the first three chapters I stopped after that I counted 16 claims that I felt warranted footnotes where none existed It all seemed very attuned to inaccurate Western conceptions and insteadf using his book as an Limey Gumshoe opportunity to deconstruct them he reinforces them which is unfortunate However I m still glad that I read the book I learned much about the area and it is certainly extremely topical Now hearing about how the Taliban isperating in the Swat Valley makes a lot sense It also provoked some thinking about well what is the solution what should be done I think it goes back to the first readings for class Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate on Hizbullah and Israel From my perspective Ippose the USEuropean ccupation I think Karzai s an inept puppet I certainly am not a fan f the Taliban Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen or warlords I know nothing about Afghanistan s civil society Do I even know enough to have anpinion It got me thinking and I appreciate that Most recurring thoughts during the course f reading this thoroughly depressing infuriating impassioned and alternately disheartening and inspiring book How in God s name has Rashid managed to continue breathing followed by His insurance premiums must be through the freaking roofOther thoughts gleaned from the pages f Descent in no particular Harcourt School Publishers Collections order The long suffering Afghanis appear to be an unbelievably resilient people and determined to heal their shattered country and Rashid s honest and deep affection for them and their dream and his resolute commitment to making sure their story remains in the forefront is the most moving elementf this lengthy reportage The Neoconservatives wereare astonishingly disconnected from the real world possessing among From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure others the remarkably deluded belief that modern US warfare can be conductedn the cheap with free market principles It s a form On Toby's Terms of ideological insanity that seemingly will not learn from its mistakesr change its erroneous r flawed assumptions Announcing ne s intent to support freedom and democracy in a country such as Afghanistan whilst staunchly defending and supporting the tyrants and despots whose wracked realms border the Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land objectf said desired democratic liberty whatever the practicality and pragmatism behind such actions makes for piss poor ptics strengthens and emboldens the autocratic and corrupt and enervates and dispirits those who would ally themselves if nly ut f weakness to the democratic cause NATO is in need Indiscretion of a thorough and seriousverhaul what s castigating the Americans for a cowboy military mentality whilst the European component continually runs around like chickens with their heads cut ff whenever they are reuired to do their fair share f the military heavy lifting reveals a disturbing side Soul Dust of the modern European mindset Pakistan is a schizophrenic basket casef a country immensely ill served by its military and political masters during its short but tumultuous existence When the United States is facing a challenge that involves The Dyfed Enigma: Unidentified Flying Objects in West Wales operations inr against a foreign country in the 6S: The 6S Review, Issue 2 opening phase the advicef the State Department should almost always supersede that Blackbird of the Defense Department The latter is skillful and capable at eventually adapting strategies and tactics to situations as they are but is consistently reactionary andutdated when initiating responses to a new development We have successfully managed to export Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland our extensive strategic failures in the nebulous and eternal Warn Some Drugs to Central and South Central Asia a dubious achievement that has allowed corruption to metastasize and the Taliban s insurgency funding to skyrocket In Afghanistan we come face to face with the problems inherent in attempting to graft Surly Bonds our conceptionf participatory liberal democracy Sex, Lies, and Videotape onto a rich and long standing tribal tradition Even at its most historically cohesive the Afghan state still functioned as a loose conglomerationf ethnicities where the tribal elders were looked to for guidance and the chieftain for rewards and protection Trying to pry free this centuries The Sanford Guide to Hepatitis Therapy 2016-2017 old iron hand from its pervasive grasp upon the Turkic and Iranian strains that populate the plains and valleys in and around the Hindu Kush will be a projectf decades not years Again and again Rashid hammers home how vital an element actual human intel is for any successful intervention by Western powers with Muslim states All Syzygy: Reflections on the Monastery of the Seven Rays of the high tech satellites and pilotless drones and transmission intercepts cannot make up for a lackf personnel who speak the native language understand the native culture and can maneuver local citizenry to understand and embrace the long term solutions that benefit both parties that must be included along with those that satisfy immediate problems needs and goals Rashid has a tendency at times to make broad generalizations and assumptions that aren t necessarily supported with facts r evidence and seems to ccasionally trip himself up with his timelines in certain statements but he is generally so Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession objective in his assessments even at their most withering and so deeply immersed and learned in the cultures and histories that he is writing about so familiar with the personalities that I m willing to give him considerable leeway with this and take him at his word in most cases This was an excellently writtenrganized and researched chronicling mainly post 911 the failure The Paper Wife of the US in the Middle East region Mainly how the US was unprepared uninformed and uninterested in actual results in the region Depressing and informative would be the best words to describe this boo. 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Son of Ahmed an engineer and Piari a homemaker Rashid; married Angeles Espino Perez Hurtado 1982; children Raphael Sara Bano Education Attended Government College Lahore Pakistan 1966 68 and Cambridge University 1968 70; earned BA and MA Religion Muslim Addresses Homeoffice Lahore Cant Pakistan E mail reviewbrainnetpkCareer Journalist and broadcaster Correspondent