Since Rajiv Chandrasekaran published “Little America,” the U.S. military has reacted by adding the book's criticisms to the list of lessons to be learned from the U.S. experience in Afghanistan, while the State Department and USAID have reacted angrily to his account. The disparate reactions illustrate how the U.S. military has evolved into a learning organization, while State has not.

Abu Muqawama: State, USAID Must Learn From Afghanistan Errors

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In the month since Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran published “Little America,” his brutal review of the U.S. and allied war effort in Afghanistan, it has been interesting to observe the reactions from the various tribes of the Beltway.

No one escapes criticism in Chandrasekaran's narrative, this columnist included, but the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Marine Corps come under especially heavy fire. ...

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