on 12 October 2014
There's no mistake that Corporal Meyer deserved his Medal of Honour, and there's absolutely no doubt that it was hard won too, by crawling through blood and body parts, saving "Askers" lives while searching for his squad, his fire team, his brothers in arms. Where the mistakes lay, is in allowing a soldier, who was clearly still suffering from severe PTSD at the time of writing, and who even himself admits it towards the end, from writing such a book about such an intense ambush that was completely infused with the Fog of War throughout, from the top brass down to the 2 stripe Marine writing this very book. It is such a shame, as Dakota Meyer describes the search for his team during a hellish ambush with aplomb, but was so shell shocked by what he was witnessing all around him, that he describes the Afghan soldiers who he saved while they were wounded, as a nuisance, and he grew more frustrated as while he was having to treat them, he couldn't get on with what he referred to as his "real mission", to find his squad, and back them up if things became to hot, despite being ordered by the CO not to, as he was needed to ferry the wounded and provide fire cover further back down the valley. His utter and blatant disgust and disregard for all ranks above his own can't be put down to having a gigantic ego, even though throughout the entire book he goes on about how every decision made is so poor, and then tells us his plan and details how his would work better. This is classic insecurity from PTSD talking, just like how halfway through he stops blaming those above him, and then decides to take the blame for the entire ambush. His mind is filled with the fog of war, and he had no idea of the bigger picture or what other battles where using resources at the same time. Dakota Meyer can be forgiven all this, as he IS a genuine hero who saved more lives than he's even aware of! But General Bing West should have Damned well known better than to use a broken hero's story to grab at more fame and fortune! A difficult read for all the wrong reasons about an horrific ambush in which the author describes very well, while saving countless lives. May your demons be put to rest soon Mr Meyer. You have nothing to appologise for.