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  •  See the movie "Restopo" about another outpost (12+ / 0-)

    named after its first casualty.

    SO hard to watch, especially the heart-wrenching reaction of one of the guys when his buddy dies (I felt like a ghoulish voyeur) but it sounds like this book is the written version of that movie.

    There are a lot of reasons I hate Jake Tapper, but if he's written a valuable book, he's written a valuable book. More power to him on that score.

    •  That Book is titled WAR by Sebastian Junger (7+ / 0-)

      RESTREPO  is the companion movie to Junger's book captured on film by the late Tim Hetherington.

      Both are gripping accounts that accurately document the insanity of this war in Afghanistan. Author Sebastian Junger spent nearly a year deployed with the Second Platoon of Battle Company, part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Accompanying them on numerous patrols where they engaged the enemy in intense firefights. Begin with Junger's description of the place... “The Korangal Valley,” he explains, “is sort of the Afghanistan of Afghanistan: too ­remote to conquer, too poor to intimidate, too autonomous to buy off.”  Comprehend the imbalance of the combat burden borne by so few… "During the time of its tour, Battle Company, a mere 150 out of 70,000 NATO troops, was experiencing a fifth of the combat taking place in the entire country." It ends with the recognition of the utter waste of blood and treasure this folly is… "After five years of fighting and dying, American commanders decided the valley wasn’t worth the fight."

      AMEN

      "Life is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid." --John Wayne

      by Sonofasailor on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 10:12:26 AM PDT

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