How the CIA Waged War in Afghanistan

Robert Grenier is a former CIA station chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the man who was tapped by the CIA and White House to direct the first America-Afghan war following the attacks of 9/11. In his new book, 88 Days to Kandahar, Grenier discusses how he forged alliances with warlords and Pakistani intelligence operatives to execute a campaign that defeated the Taliban in Afghanistan’s southern region.

Following his work in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Grenier returned to Washington, DC, and was tasked with overseeing the CIA’s intelligence operations and analysis in Iraq prior to the 2003 US invasion.

VICE News visited Grenier at his home in Virginia to talk about America’s longest war, the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” and the rise of the Islamic State.

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33 thoughts on “How the CIA Waged War in Afghanistan

  1. Ugh, another one of those people that whistles when they talk ….
    That reporter is the type of person who makes a whistling sound any time they use a word with WH in it

  2. By defending torture the guy just lost all credibility. The FBI says torture does not work. Just because you have no intelligence is not a licence to torture, just the opposite, you will be more open to false confessions. The reporter was either a puppet or an unprepared moron.

  3. notice how carefully the guy says that capture and interrogation as a whole yielded valuable intelligence, and implies approval of what he of course doesn't call torture, but he very clearly does not say that any valuable information was gathered by torture, because the official reports on "enjanced intereogation" state very clearly that it produced no valuable information, and was functionally inferior to other more psychologically refined techniques that build somewhat of a positive relationship between the interrogators and the interrogated. good interrogation techniques are those that incentivise the detainee to be truthful, whereas torture incentivises the detainee to tell you what he thinks is most likely to make you stop torturing him. torture is infamous for producing false clnfessions all throughout history, like in the spanish inauisition and in witch trials. if you torture somebody and tell them what you want them to confess to, they will confess to that. if you ask questions, they will try to guess which answers amount to the confession that you want. torture interrogation is all about the confession, and the truth goes out the window. that is absolutely not what you want in an interrogation. you have to talk to an get to know the guy, and set up an attractive carrot and stick scenario to make him want to flip. the US has plenty of power to threaten detained terror suspects without torture.

  4. In 2000 the Taliban took over aphganistan and burned all the poppi fields (herion). This lead to aphganistan contribute 0% to the world's herion supply By 2001 the plans to invade aphganistan was on the president desk. By 2004 40% of the world's herion was supplies were from aphganistan……. By the year 2009 90% of the world's herion supply was from aphganistan! Sounds very fishy! Especially the history the CIA has in importing drugs!

  5. U.S.A always has been the terrorist. It attacked Afghanistan purely for its hidden agendas there were no terrorists in Afghanistan. I hope the U.S.A terrorists learn a tough lesson from this war

  6. Until you read Robert’s book “88 Days to Kandahar” please refrain from biased and groundless claims on this man’s story. I am in no way stating that the Agency is exempt from malpractice but Bob certainly had a well deserved career in his years there. Intelligence is a tough business to be in, especially with its covert nature and moral contradictions. He at least seemed to be on the better side of the three letter agencies.

  7. Nothing new America robbing and committing mass murder of innocent people around the world 🌍. Always planning we’ll ahead of time. ISIS Israel’s secret intelligence agency!!!!! Don’t follow like blind sheep!!!

  8. That guy had it wrong. The USA can find allies but, as the interpreters in Afghanistan and Kurds in Syria have found out, Americans are rather unreliable allies. They're happy for you to do their dirty work but they'll swap sides the moment it's convenient and at that point those initial allies are screwed.

    Which makes finding new friends a tad difficult as everyone you meet will know that by signing on they're granting themselves an expiry date.

    Brits do the same thing, they promised to bring interpreters over and they haven't exactly kept that promise.

  9. The executive branch needed it explained? It's like Texas but with Muslims instead of christians. Surely Bush's daddy could have explained it to him since he helped arm them and cause this back in the 80s. Lesson to be learned is don't arm people who have been at constant war. I'm sure Russia has been laughing, waiting to finally take over after we've bankrupted ourselves fighting a never-ending war.

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