ISR Issue 52, Marchâ€“April 2007
R E V I E W S
The â€œgood occupationâ€
Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls
Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence
Seven Stories Press, 2006
304 pages $19
Review by NICOLE COLSON
WHILE OPPOSITION to the Iraq war continues to grow, the other U.S. occupationâ€”in Afghanistanâ€”is still considered by many to be the â€œgood occupation.â€ Indeed, the argument from many conservatives and liberals alike is that the cardinal sin of the Bush administration in invading Iraq was to divert resources and attention from the real â€œground zeroâ€ of the war on terror in the â€œfailed stateâ€ of Afghanistan.
This point has been driven home as prominent Democrats, including Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), who have called for a troop â€œsurgeâ€ in Afghanistan, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates has publicly signaled a willingness to consider it.
Amid these calls for more war, Kolhatkar and Ingalls, co-directors of the non-profit …