By Ben Anderson
The simply journalist to have witnessed each Afghan army crusade below Obama, Anderson charts the development of the President’s counter-insurgency procedure and indicates the way it has turn into a misplaced reason. together with interviews with army most sensible brass, this ebook finds the demanding chasm among professional rhetoric and the truth at the floor. whereas Afghan civilians doubt American unravel and omit the relative peace below the Taliban, the drug-addled neighborhood military is hopelessly unprepared for American handover.
Enjoying unequalled recognize from the troops (one marine defined him as a brave motherf***er”), Anderson deals the main intimate depiction of the struggle noticeable in print. consuming, sound asleep, and being shot at with the troops, he witnessed first-hand IED explosions, American casualties, civilian deaths and Taliban squaddies that soften into the neighborhood inhabitants. The definitive ebook at the fight for Helmand, No Worse Enemy is a daring and scary exposé of the longest struggle in U.S. history.
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Extra resources for No Worse Enemy: The Inside Story of the Chaotic Struggle for Afghanistan
Brilliant minds were dedicated to the project. The credibility of a superpower and NATO hung in the balance. Such an effort, with such high stakes, couldn’t result in so little. This is a simple book, written chronologically, about what I’ve seen: an honest account of what the war looks like on the ground. As it drags on and public interest evaporates, I don’t think I have anything more important to offer than that. Apart from a tiny handful of quotes taken from my notebooks, every word spoken here was transcribed directly from my many video tapes.
But there was nothing, except knuckles bloodied from the scramble into the ditch. The bullets clattered above us in murderous clouds and the screams and the faces around me all said the same thing: we don’t know where it’s coming from and we’re all going to die. Everyone who has covered the wars in Afghanistan over the last thirty years has a few – possibly apocryphal – stories that perfectly sum up the struggles of foreign forces. One of my favourites came from a chance discussion with two American soldiers, whose home for twelve months – a dingy concrete arch – I was sleeping in.
The Mayor suggested that he should get a shirt and tie, so he could do his job properly too. ’, said the Colonel insistently, not realising that the Mayor had also been joking. There were other problems. There were far more police on the payroll than actually existed. Some of those that did exist had been found setting up unofficial checkpoints where they taxed locals until they had enough money to get high. The British police officers (all six of them) who were training the ANP told me they had pulled up at one checkpoint to find a fifteen-year-old with an AK-47 in charge, while the actual policeman lay nearby in an opium-induced coma.