Daniel Bolger, Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Date/Time
Date(s) - 12/07/17
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Pritzker Military Library

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Pritzker Military Museum and Library


Daniel Bolger, Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Pritzker Military Museum and Library

Thursday, December 7, 2017 6:00pm

Lieutenant General Daniel Bolger,  USA (Ret.) visits the PMML to talk about his book and the insider account of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; from 9-11 to the final withdrawal from the region.

Over his thirty-five year career, Daniel Bolger rose through the ranks of the army infantry to become a three-star general, commanding in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Perhaps more than anyone else, he was witness to the full extent of the wars, from 9/11 to withdrawal from the region. Not only did Bolger participate in top-level planning and strategy meetings, but he also regularly carried a rifle alongside soldiers in combat actions. Writing with hard-won experience and unflinching honesty, he argues that while we lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, we did not have to. Intelligence was garbled. Key decision makers were blinded by spreadsheets or theories. And we never really understood our enemy. Why We Lost is a timely, forceful, and compulsively readable account of these wars from a fresh and authoritative perspective.

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