Vanessa Gezari | St. Louis Public Radio

Vanessa Gezari

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American involvement in the war in Afghanistan is winding down with no real victory in sight. In the midst of the war a new program called the Human Terrain System was introduced, intended to aid soldiers on the ground by helping them understand the cultural nuances of the Afghan and Iraqi people. The programĀ  had good intentions but fatal flaws, said journalist and author Vanessa Gezari.