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To make matters worse, “Those rivalries were compounded by stubbornness at the State Department and USAID,” he writes.

It appears that Mr. Obama’s policy in Afghanistan will not be an issue in this year’s presidential election.

Based on Mr. Chandrasekaran’s knowledgeable and critical volume, perhaps it should be an issue.

Ron Nessen is journalist-in-residence at the Brookings Institution and a former Vietnam War correspondent for NBC news.