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December 20, 2021

The Inverse Midas Touch: Why America's Interventions So Often Go Wrong

By Christopher D. Kolenda

For this week's episode of Horns of a Dilemma, War on the Rocks interviews U.S. Army Colonel Dr. Christopher Kolenda about his new book, Zero-Sum Victory: What We Get Wrong About War. Kolenda draws on his experience in Iraq and Afghanistan to help explain why it feels as if the United States has had what he calls “the inverse Midas touch” when it comes to interventions: everything we’ve tried has bogged down into quagmire or defeat.

Listen to the episode from War on the Rocks.

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