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“Scott Horton’s Fool’s Errand is a deeply insightful and well-informed book on America’s longest war, explaining why it remains as unwinnable as it ever was. It appears at an importantmoment as the Trump administration considers once again reinforcing failure.” — Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent, author of TheAge of Jihad: Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East
“An incisive, informative analysis of the Afghan fiasco and how we got there, scrubbed clean of propaganda and disinformation. Horton captures the situation very well indeed. I much enjoyed reading it.” — Eric S. Margolis, author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet and American Raj: Liberation or Domination? Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World
“In Fool’s Errand, Scott Horton informs us of just how non-masterful has been the U.S. approach to Afghanistan — policy-wise, strategically, and even tactically. Two presidentsand several Congresses have failed, the Pentagon has failed, and the military has failed. Moreover, there is nothing we can do about it except withdraw, cut our losses, and put as brave a face on it as possible. Horton tells us that President Trump, having indicated as much himself in his campaign, should do just that, get out. Having watched this debacle from very close-by for four years and for twelve more in academia, I totally agree with Mr. Horton, but he has done a much better job than I could of telling every single American citizen precisely why.” — Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, U.S. Army (ret.) visiting professor of government and public policy at the College of William and Mary and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell
“A lot of people think of the war in Iraq as the bad war, but Afghanistan as the good and justifiable war. That convenient view does not survive Scott Horton’s careful and incisive demolition.” — Thomas E. Woods Jr., author of Nullification: How to ResistFederal Tyranny in the 21st Century and Rollback:Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse
“Why is the United States still fighting in Afghanistan? In this timely new book, Scott Horton explains why America’s longest war is strategically misguided and why getting out would make the United States safer and advance America’s broader national interests. Even readers who do not share Horton’s libertarian world-view are likely to find themselves nodding in agreement: the war in Afghanistan has indeed become a ‘fool’s errand.'” — Stephen M. Walt, professor of international affairs, Harvard University, author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy