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After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan by [Rall, Ted]
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Rall has filed some of the best reporting from Afghanistan by an American journalist. --The Nation

About the Author

Ted Rall is the author and illustrator of many graphic novels and books of political criticism and travel writing, including The Year of Loving Dangerously,Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?, and The Book of Obama: How We Went from Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt. He lives in East Hampton, New York.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 40141 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang (2 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I6ZBR44
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Superb, better than any report from USAID, DFID, DoD, MOD, FCO or the State Department can produce.
Finally an American who realises it's not US military lives that are the story but Afghans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There are no ticker-tape parades for journalists returning from war 6 Dec. 2014
By Jim LaRegina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
One thing that could be as ugly as war is telling the truth about it, at least to people who don't want to know. Reading journalist Ted Rall's 2014 book AFTER WE KILL YOU, WE WILL WELCOME YOU BACK AS HONORED GUESTS: UNEMBEDDED IN AFGHANISTAN, you may realize why too many Americans do not appreciate reporters such as Rall, who dare to tell the public of the futility of invasion and occupation. As this book recounts, it takes twelve years for reality to move support for the United States war against Afghanistan from 88 to 17 percent. Shouldn't Rall and the too few others who reported the facts all those years be among the honored at a homecoming parade? They were out front with the correct information, waiting for everyone else to catch up. Yet, I don't hear journalists who were embedded with the troops in Afghanistan saying, "We should not have let our reports be censored by the military and U.S. government. The independent reporters got it right long before we did." How many American citizens who fell for the "winning hearts and minds" baloney now know the only hearts and minds that mattered to those bombing innocent Afghans were American, thanks to the dogged pursuit of the truth by the likes of Rall? When you finally get people to accept the ugly truth, they ought to thank you.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tired of the "official" version? 20 Sept. 2014
By Susie Madrak - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to read it, just because I loved the title. But I stayed for the story. If you're tired of the "official" version of the Afghanistan occupation as regurgitated by cooperative media types, this book is for you. It's a little depressing to realize, from Rall's conversations with ordinary Afghans, how much more of a difference we could have made in this undeveloped countries, and didn't. Good read, recommended.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Afghanistan as Viewed By One Observer 22 Nov. 2014
By Leon Czikowsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The author Ted Rall notes the war against Afghanistan has led to tens if not hundreds of thousands of Afghan deaths. The book observes that the more the U.S. attacks and kills civilians, the stronger recruitment is for anti-American fighters.

In 2001, the Islamic State of Afghanistan , aka United Front or Northern Alliance, was the government recognized by the United Nations. It held about 10% of Afghanistan, Most of the country was controlled by the Taliban. The Taliban was funded by Pakistani Intelligence which itself was financed and trained by the CIA.

Union Oil of California (Unicol) sought to construct a pipeline through Afghanistan that would deliver an estimated 9 to 16 billion barrels of oil. In 1997, the Taliban and Unicol could not agree on what the transit fee should be. In 2001, the Bush Administration provided $43 million to the Taliban to destroy poppy fields. The Taliban and Unicol continued their disagreement on what pipeline transit fees should be.

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. began attacking the Taliban. 14,00 tons of bombs were dropped on Afghanistan by 2009.

U.S. Special Forces and Northern Alliance forces captured 7,500 prisoners and massacred them.

The U.S. helped install Hamid Karzai as Afghan President. His authority is mostly limited to the city of Kabul.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) of the United Nations, half of whose soldiers are from the U.S., entered Afghanistan in 2002. ISAF was supposed to rebuild Afghanistan. Yet little has been build despite several billions of U.S. funds being spent. Whatever the money was spent on is not publicly known.

President Obama sent 33,000 extra troops to Afghanistan in hopes of turning the government over to Kurzai. General Stanley McChrystal stated the Taliban was winning. Wikileaks showed Karzai’s army was ineffective. Wikileaks also showed Pakistan was supporting the neo-Taliban even though the U,S. supported Pakistan.

NATO in 2001 to 2005 paved some highways and built some schools. Afghans may generally have not been satisfied with these efforts as they expected much more.

Rall writes of reporting in Afghanistan in 2001 as “you can’t get the truth, But you can get an impression.”

Local Afghans lose every fight with U.S, troops. Yet they are winning because of civilian deaths which creates more people who join the neo-Taliban for revenge, They fight guerrilla style and they choose when they wish to fight.

Rall observes that neo-Taliban “understand the simple truth: the live there, and we don’t. Time is on their side.”

Rall nots since World War II “when the United States invades, it often fails to occupy, much less annex. When it occupied it does so with fewer soldiers than necessary to control its newly occupied territory.”

Afghan roads deteriorate rapidly due to heavy military vehicles, The U.S. Agency for International Development estimates it costs about $200 million per year to maintain these roads. The Afghan annual federal budget is $7 billion.

Rall visited Afghan cities where foreigners never visit. He found all women wear burqas, in contrast to U.S. news reports. Bribes are common and expected. There is a city with no mail delivery and no street addresses. U.S. carpet bombing has caused much destruction in many cities. The Taliban usually attack at night. There are Taliban biker gangs. The biker gangs could easily be destroyed but they are not. U.S. and NATO efforts are not designed to provide security for the Afghan people.

The Afghan central government governs Kabul and to some degree Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat, and to an even less extent Kandahar. The Taliban controls the rest of the country.

The National Police are corrupt and ineffective.

Afghanistan is the longest lasting U.S. war. It costs a million dollars annually for one soldier to be there. Rall concludes “invading other countries, whether to steal their land or poach their natural resources or pressure their neighbors or exert regional influence is an enterprise with a cost-to-benefit ratio that simply doesn’t work.”
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Opportunity 22 July 2015
By DC in St Pete - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was attracted to the book because of its intriguing title. This neverending war has been extremely frustrating for Americans, tragic for those killed or badly injured and their families, and ungodly expensive...to little perceivable progress. This book gives an excellent historical perspective to help understand why a foreign army with overwhelming firepower barely moves the needle in this ancient land. The author exposes the many miscalculations made by the allied force and tells things from the view of the Afghan people. It's a worthwhile read but will leave you sadly shaking your head about the blundering of our leaders and how so much could have been done if we had steered a better course.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ted Rall again the cutting edge of political caricature 30 Jun. 2015
By I. Longhurst - Published on Amazon.com
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Ted Rall again the cutting edge of political caricature A+++ recommend, A+++ Brilliant Bravo!
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