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By Combat diver
I refuse to believe that McChrystal, his wife, and his aides were dumb enough to be ambushed by this amateur. Do you think 4 star generals get to that level without a brain? This guy was a tool used by McChrystal as a means to an end. In other words, "get me the F outta here." It's very inaccurate to say the military doesn't get along with its senior civilian bosses. This is only a fact when we have contemporary democrats in office that cause things like Mogadishu, Benghazi, not letting the unit pounce on UBL in the mountains of Tora Bora where they had him cornered, and other various situations where the guys on the ground ask for, and need, air support, additional troops, etc, and get denied causing the unnecessary deaths of their brothers. I wouldn't read this if someone paid me to.
By D.C. Prime
Koolaid in all flavors
A waste of time. No matter what your political orientation might be, this book has no credibility because it becomes clear, very early, that despite his Rolling Stone credentials, he is not the independent voice one would hope from even an average reporter. He does seem to show disdain for everyone but himself, which lends a certain unbiased quality, in that none of what he says is, in the end, believable. He so transparently admired the military entourage he was "reporting" on that it discounts even his critical comments about that entourage. Koolaid is Koolaid, no matter what the flavor, and the author drank it heavily, as an apparent military groupie. His relationship with his subject is that of an angry adolescent boy, who scorns his General father while yearning to earn his macho approval. The extent of his inclusion of his own story in this account speaks to its immature self-indulgence.
By Big Daddy Mas
Normally a slower reader, I blazed through this in little over a week. An extremely engaging, entertaining, humorous and at the same time terrifying account of our involvement in Afghanistan.
A poignant look at how ego, politics and false bravado lead us astray and diminished our focus and original intent. Politicians wars are never successful, when will we learn and start coming together as a country, electing real leaders and holding them accountable?
This fascinating inside look by Mr. Hastings should jar us out of our stupor, we can only hope.
I recognize way too much of this as repeats of the lies, the hubris, the paranoia and mistakes of Vietnam. The letters I got from all my family and friends in Vietnam with basically the same words...both from the guys in the jungle and from the generals. even the soldier's comments about the Afghan soldiers were the same as the one's I got about the ARVN. Great job. Someone must speak the truth
Read this book!
What an amazing piece of journalism. Hastings gets inside the military and politics of the afghan war like I never imagined. The accounts of meeting with McCrystal and his staff are eye opening. You need to read this book and get a better understanding of what a tragedy this war and all wars truly are.
This book is very poorly written, and is a waste of your time. It was definitely a waste of my time. Time that I will never get back. Save your brain cell do read, or listen to this crap.
State you really complaining about a synopsis? It's an awesome book, don base your rating off the synopsis (especially when you haven't even opened the book)
Hastings does know what COIN is
By Nos Greene
They do need to correct that synopsis.
The book is solid.
COIN is not CI
COINdinista is in reference to those enamored with COIN, or Counter Insurgency, doctrine and not counterintelligence. Counterintelligence is referred to as CI. If you don't know what you are talking about don't write a synopsis or at least find someone that does know what they are talking about to help out. Sick of all these growth industry post 9/11 national security "experts" that don't even know 101 level acronyms. As far as the book goes I haven't read it yet. Hopefully it's not as bush league as the summary.