88 Days to Kandahar - A CIA Diary

Robert L. Grenier

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The First American-Afghan War, a CIA war, was approved by President George W. Bush and directed by the author, Robert Grenier, the CIA station chief in Islamabad. Forging separate alliances with warlords, Taliban dissidents, and Pakistani Intelligence, Grenier launched the ''southern campaign,'' orchestrating the final defeat of the Taliban and Hamid Karzai's rise to power in eighty-eight chaotic days.

In his gripping narrative, we meet: General Tommy Franks, who bridled at CIA control of ''his'' war; General ''Jafar Amin,'' a gruff Pakistani intelligence officer who saved Grenier from committing career suicide; Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan's brilliant ambassador to the US, who tried to warn her government of the al-Qa'ida threat; ''Mark,'' the CIA operator who guided Gul Agha Shirzai to bloody victory over the Taliban; General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, a cautious man who became the most powerful man in Pakistan, struggling with Grenier's demands while trying to protect his country; and Hamid Karzai, the puzzling anti-Taliban insurgent, a man of courage, petulance, and vacillating moods.

Grenier's enemies out in front prove only slightly more lethal than the ones behind his own lines. This first war is won despite Washington bureaucrats who divert resources, deny military support, and try to undermine the only Afghan allies capable of winning. Later, as he directed the CIA's role in the Iraq War, Grenier watched the initial victory squandered. His last command was of CIA's Counterterrorism Center (CTC), as Bush-era terrorism policies were being repudiated, as the Taliban re-emerged in Afghanistan, and as Pakistan descended into fratricidal violence.

[Disclaimer: All statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official positions or views of the CIA or any other U.S. Government agency. Nothing in the contents should be construed as asserting or implying U.S. Government authentication of information of Agency endorsement of the author's views. This material has been reviewed by the CIA to prevent the disclosure of classified information. The Central Intelligence Agency has not approved, endorsed, or authorized this book or the use of the CIA seal, name, or initials.]

About the Author: Robert L. Grenier had a much-decorated twenty-seven-year career in the CIA's National Clandestine Service. A renowned Middle East expert, he has been deputy national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia. Grenier organized the CIA's counterproliferation division and headed the agency's basic-training facility, ''the Farm.'' He was the CIA's Islamabad station chief from 1999 to 2002, and afterwards became director of the agency's Counterterrorism Center, responsible for all CIA counterterrorism operations. Currently, Grenier is chairman of ERG Partners, a consulting firm to business in the intelligence and security sector.

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Title: 88 Days to Kandahar - A CIA Diary
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Publication Date: 2015
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