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After seeing an interview with the author given by Olliver North, who is also a proven hero and special ops colonel himself, it is obvious the 1st single star reviewer has a liberal left wing perspective (if not a radical Muslim sympathizer) and probably a 'truther' who would blame the USA for the 911 attack too. Millitary politics at the highest level is most frequently flawed by the president's views and those of his contributors: ie FDR not getting into WW II until the Pearl Harbor attack. We were given intelligence then that Japan was on the war path and the dangers of Hitler's agenda. Then there is Clinton's refusal to capture Bin Laden early into his presidency and not agressively punishing those responsible for the U.S.S. Kohl attack. 3rd There is no such thing as a 'Neutral country': there are allies and enemies. If a country is in danger it must hold its own trials because a country with no skin in the game also won't care about justice. That is why Israel has to make its own defense decisions even though we are allies. All we need to do is remember the lessons of the failed Communist regime and courage of President Reagan demanding Gorbachov to "tear down this wall". No Pentagon, no committees or other group or hagglings. Anthony Schaffer is a true hero and his book wonderfully exposes the flawed politics of Pentagon generals instead of the 'boots on the ground' generals. Last but not least, the culture in Pakistan & Afghanistan is MIddle Eastern NOT Asian.
The author of this book fashions himself as some kind of 'James Bond,' fighting for "Truth, Justice and the American Way" in Afghanistan after 9/11.
Except he FAILS to mention that the Taliban were willing to turn Bin Laden over to the USA after 9/11, with only two conditions: One, that the Bush Administration produce the evidence that Bin Laden was behind 9/11, said evidence which Sec'y of State Powell said was in a 'White Paper' the White House was soon to release. The second condition was that Bin Laden be turned over to a neutral 3rd country so he'd get a fair trial.
We never delivered the evidence to Afghanistan, only smart bombs, not-so-smart bombs and massive firepower that killed tens of thousands of Afghan civilians.
'Tony' also fancies himself as some kind of 'womanizer.' Although he states that he admires and respects American women being in the Afghan theater of combat, when he meets one, usually his first thoughts are ,"Man, she's got shapely legs!"
Early in the book, he describes what I take to be spying illegally on US citizens in America, since he comments that 'some of these operations were so sensitive, we couldn't leave a paper trail."
He's also an alcoholic (but claims to have quit drinking) and describes drinking sessions while playing 'James Bond' that would put some of my past drunken episodes to shame.
If "Tony" is typical of the type of 'Special Ops' forces we have in Afghanistan, it's no wonder the USA is not only losing the war, but becoming hated around the world for our stupid, heavy-handed disrespectful ways of Asian culture.
P.S. There are numerous sections of this book redacted, or 'blacked-out,' supposedly to protect our troops, but I believe it was a deliberate attempt by the Pentagon to give this comedy of errors some type of credibility.
Save your money and buy some other Alibris book. You'll be glad you did.
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