Illusions in Afghanistan

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March 29 Podcast

Andrew J. Bacevich of Boston University discusses the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan.
Andrew J. Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University, discusses the guiding illusions at the heart of the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan. The U.S. commitment to secular modernity, in particular, is at odds with an Islamic culture that is infused with religion at every level. American do-goodism is not enough to win in Afghanistan, Bacevich argues, and may even exacerbate anti-American sentiment. Read Professor Bacevich's article from the March 29 issue, "Deja Vu in Marja."
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