At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp. A Pentagon investigation later concluded that there was no reason for Outpost Keating to have been there in the first place.
The Outpost is a tour de force of investigative journalism. Jake Tapper exposes the origins of this tragic and confounding story, exploring the history of the camp and detailing the stories of soldiers heroic and doomed, shadowed by the recklessness of their commanders in Washington, D.C., and a war built on constantly shifting sands.
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This book makes me ask the question, "What the h___ are we doing in Afghanistan?" Bring our boys home and stop this useless slaughter!!! I am so sorry we have lost so many fabulous people in needless political wars. Too many wives are young widows. Too many children are raised fatherless. It makes me weep.
Tapper did an amazing job and obviously conducted a large amount research on COP Keating and the forces involved in its creation, Protection and destruction. A much larger overview than the book Red Platoon though not quite as personal.
Narration was very pleasant which made it an easy listen. Very informative. Details of soldiers personal lives makes it easy to relate. Frustrating to know lives were lost because of incompetence of high ranking officers and their political games.
So well researched and written. I loved it and highly recommend it. Not written from any political standpoint, despite the rather politically left wing author. Tapper tells a gripping story, several stories really, of a war probably doomed from the start. Narrator is excellent, one of my favorites.
The guys fighting in Northeast Afghanistan we're fighting a war not unlike Vietnam. Under-manned, isolated, with even less air power. Iraq was no picnic, but it got so much more resources. IEDs were the enemy in Iraq. Taliban guerillas often outnumbering our guys were the enemy in the north.
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