Steve Coll on American Military Involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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A U.S. Army helicopter flies outside of Camp Shorab on a flight to Camp Post on September 11, 2017 at Camp Shorab in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  (Photo: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll's new book “Directorate S” illustrates the political actors and motivations of America's post-9/11 military efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Coll describes muddled combat strategies, diplomatic failures and military miscalculations in what has become the United States' longest running war. He joins us in the studio to discuss the global implications of the war and whether a military solution is possible.


Steve Coll, staff writer, The New Yorker; dean, Columbia Journalism School; author, "Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan"