Tuesday, May 05, 2015

And Now for Something Completely Different... unless you like reading about 3 - 1 losses

Books! An alternative to the steaming pile of crap served up by Fox News, the drivel and pap that is CNN and the sanitized musing s of PBS.

 “Redeployment” by Phil Klay takes readers to the front lines of the war in Iraq, asking us to understand what happened to the soldiers who returned. His work reveals the intricate combination of monotony, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier’s daily life at war and the isolation, remorse and despair that can accompany a soldier’s homecoming.

Klay is a Dartmouth graduate and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq during the surge and subsequently received an MFA from Hunter College.

“No Good Men Among the Living: America, The Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes” is a breathtaking, deeply researched  chronicle that details the lives of three Afghans caught in America’s war on terror – a Taliban commander who rises from a scrawny teenager to a leading insurgent; a US-backed warlord who uses the American military to gain personal wealth and power; and a village housewife trapped between two sides who discovers the devastating cost of neutrality.

Through their dramatic stories, author Anand Gopal shows that the Afghan war, so often regarded as a hopeless quagmire, could have gone very differently. Top Taliban leaders actually tried to surrender within months of the US invasion, renouncing all political activity and submitting to the new government. Effectively, the Taliban ceased to exist – yet the Americans were unwilling to accept such a turnaround. Instead, driven by false intelligence and an unyielding mandate to fight, American forces continued to press the conflict, resurrecting the insurgency that persists to this day.

Anand Gopal is a journalist covering Afghanistan, Syria and other international hot spots. He has served as an Afghanistan correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, and The Christian Science Monitor and has reported for Harper’s, The Nation, Foreign Policy and other respected journals.

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