Patrick Cockburn's new book looks at the legacy of recent wars, as well as at how convoluted ongoing conflicts in the Middle East truly are.
Having spent an estimated $1 trillion and having sacrificed the lives of 2,150 soldiers, the US finds itself increasingly consigned to observer status in Afghanistan.
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