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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Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
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.
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.
Fantastic read on the lessons learned from strategic, operational, and tactical perspective in the difficulties of conducting counter insurgency at cross purposes. Why is there such a disconnect between the strategic and operational objectives in regards to intent and purpose.
I was a solider stationed in Afghanistan in Nangahar province a little south of Nuristan. I was with PRT Jalalabad there 2007-2008. Great story and well read.
Very top of the Afghanistan books, and I have read quite a few.
The narrator. He is a captivating, nuanced, compelling speaker.
All of them.
See # 2 above.
If you read only one book about the Afghanistan War, this should be it. I had no idea of how wrong headed our leaders have been until I read this book. Our soldiers, their families, our nation deserve so much better.
It is amazing what goes on in the war zones of this world we aren't aware of.
This fantastic book (so well written and narrated) seemingly puts night vision goggles over our eyes and illuminates the inhuman way war continues to decimate young men.
Bureaucratic decisions made by "suits" scanning briefing papers, career politicians who live to actually believe in the laws and decisions they create for "the people"; thank them for the restraints that makes the armed forces enter the battlefield with one "politically correct" arm bound so to cripple our combatants.
I read this book standing on my toes holding my breath , at times wiping tears , yet so many times frozen in amazement at the level beyond comprehension these young combat soldiers preform under the hellacious conditions of deprevation and incompetent planning.
I don't like to read English 101 reviews that go on interminably nor write them.
This book is a classic war in the trenches revaluation that will make you proud to be a citizen of this magnificent country.
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