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From the Center for the Study of Dirty Wars: our guest is JEREMY SCAHILL – he’s National Security correspondent for The Nation, and he wrote the bestseller Blackwater: Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. And he’s appeared regularly on the Rachel Maddow show, Real Time with Bill Maher and Democracy Now! His new book is DIRTY WARS: The World is a Battlefield.. It enters the New York Times bestseller list at #5 this Sunday.
Plus: The US is only the most recent power to invade Afghanistan—and fail. Of course the Soviets tried it from 1979 to 1989, and before that, the British tried – from 1839 to 1842. Is there a lesson here?
WILLIAM DALRYMPLE thinks so—he’s written a terrific new book about the British effort, and its striking parallels to our own: RETURN OF A KING: the Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42.