More than eight years after 9/11, what has U.S. foreign policy accomplished?
The enemy that struck us that day fights on. In Afghanistan, where the 9/11 plot was hatched, the regrouped Al Qaeda, Taliban and allied Islamist fighters are battling to assert their rule over large parts of the country. In nearby Pakistan, a nuclear armed state, the regime is struggling to repel a resurgence of Muslim holy warriors. The militant theocracy in Iran — the leading patron of Islamist terrorism — continues funding the jihadist cause and is getting closer to acquiring nuclear capability.
How did the United States find itself in this deepening morass? What should be done going forward?
Winning the Unwinnable War shows how our own policy ideas crippled our response in the Middle East. The book analyzes the U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Washington’s nightmarish alliance with Pakistan. Iran’s burgeoning influence and militancy, the book argues, is a product of Washington’s failure properly to identify Iran’s central role in the jihadist movement and recognize the nature of the war against us.
But Winning the Unwinnable War holds up an inspiring vision of how the United States can conclusively defeat the enemy. Having identified the reasons behind Washington’s failed response to 9/11, the book lays out the necessary steps for achieving victory and for securing America’s long-range interests in the volatile Middle East.