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“Using his singular set of experiences as a U.S. Army Special Forces operator and Washington policy insider, Mike Waltz captures the policy ambivalences, implementation challenges, and individual heroics that have made the U.S. effort in Afghanistan such a conundrum for presidents, generals, and the American people.” — David Sedney, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia
“Warrior Diplomat is an important book that provides an unparalleled, firsthand account of America’s role in Afghanistan. Michael Waltz brings us into the inner sanctums of the White House and the Pentagon, where the war was being planned and debated, and then leads us onto the battlefields of Afghanistan.”— Seth G. Jones, author of In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan
“Mike Waltz’s important new book deftly charts ‘what might have been’ over the course of a long, largely indecisive war. NATO’s largely unseen failures in Afghanistan are perhaps better charted here than in any other recent account—and it is a story that needs to be told as we think about future coalition operations. Mike stitches together the long thirteen-year arc of this story as few others could, from front line to the conference tables of policy makers in Washington and Europe. This is a book that needs to be read to understand what really happened over the last decade-plus in Afghanistan—and why.”— Lieutenant General (Ret.) Dave Barno, former commander, Combined Forces Command in Afghanistan
“Michael Waltz distills the hard-earned wisdom of more than a decade of deep involvement in America’s Afghan campaign. Unlike most other participants, however, Waltz served as a Special Forces officer on the ground and as a senior policy maker in Washington. One can only wish that more of our decision-makers possessed his breadth of vision and experience.”— Nathaniel C. Fick, author of One Bullet Away