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The Melting Point: High Command and War in the 21st Century

A new book by former CENTCOM Commander Kenneth McKenzie Jr. sheds new light on the final days of the Afghan government and the Taliban takeover. 

As I left the palace, I was struck again by the liminal beauty of the grounds and the severe and unrelenting elegance of the architecture.

Men and women walked around in well-tailored Western business suits. People, including men and women together, were seated in a chic glassed-in coffee bar in the outer courtyard.

I wondered how long this…

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