The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan Paperback – 21 Feb 2013
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Gives an insightful look at how powerful some of the US's top generals really are, and also unwraps some of the chaos behind allied military command and the so-called 'war on terror'. (THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST)
Hastings offers a fiercely intelligent analysis of how the American military spun the war in Afganistan. (THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
Six rollercoaster weeks that brought down America's top general by the ROLLING STONE journalist who broke the story.See all Product Description
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Even more surprising - after seeing the video that showed the firebombed car crash into a tree at high speed - I returned to the site to find the youtube video withdrawn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdkv8ptcqbE&feature=c4-overview&list=UUiqRq2mT_bBPMRhHap684Ig
It all looks very suspicious... so reading his book makes you realise that in the land of the free - freedom of speech is censored on many levels and I am sure Hastings was murdered...
A major part of the book deals with the author's infamous piece in the magazine 'Rolling Stone' that revealed General Stanley McChrystal's critical views on Obama's running of the war. As a result the General, who refused to resign, was unceremoniously sacked, the first to be so since the sacking of McArthur.
Of particular interest is Hasting's description of the bureaucratic in-fighting involving the Senate, Congress, the Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs, something previously exposed by Bob Woodward and others. Very few emerge with any credit.
The author shares this reviewers long-held view that the war is unwinnable. Recent attempts, that seem doomed to fail, to enter into negotiations with the Taliban reveal the total failure over a decade of military action that has cost billions and the lives of hundreds of NATO forces not to mention the civilian casualties.It is estimated that 160000 civilians have also died so far in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hasting's reveals, again as have others, the lies about the war that have spewed from the White House and Downing Street, just as they did before and during the second Iraq war. For example, the lies about 'safe havens', the true nature of Pakinstan's support of the insurgents, and the nonsense about the importance of getting and killing Bin Laden-whose death has had nil effect on the war.Read more ›
As a reporter for Rolling Stone, Hastings has prrformed a magnificent service showing most of the hacks weary and useless. His cameo of Thomas Friedman offering advice was the more extraorinary because it was so deadpan. Hastings does not have to over egg the pudding. His forward-tilted reporting means he never has to.
Hastings has produced a classic on Afghanistan, a classic on the American military and a classic on journalism, all in the same book. Hastings is a brave journalist and a sensitive who lost a girl he loved to the war in Iraq. He writes beautifully and empathetically of the losses. Neither does he have to rant and rail at the futility and the lies - it can all speak for itself.
This is an American story and the British hardly appear except one does think of he recycled stories fed out to gutless hacks onveying ridiculous stories about governments in a box.
Hastings writes at a cracking pace and in places this reads like a thriller, in places it is funny and in many other ways, the story is surreal. Yet there is never a loss of truth. The bull**** detector stays silent. Hastings has his story copper-bottomed. Nothing captures the story of the American war in Afghanistan even remotely as well as this. Hastings has thought deeply about war and more attention should be paid to what he says. This book is simply fabulous.
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Fascinating story of the generals in Afghanistan and the middle east, the author died mysteriously makes you wonder.Published 9 months ago by Saiph
An interesting perspective of what went on in the upper echelons of ISAF. If you enjoyed this, "Little America" may also be worth a read too.Published 18 months ago by Gez
Powerful, engaging, detailed, evocative, thought provoking, intelligent, sad, very well written, despairing, emotional, bewildered, intense, pictorial, bathetic, informative, and a... Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2013 by Mr. P. O'hara
So here's the thing. The war in Afghanistan is a quagmire, unwinnable, our Afghan allies are drug-financed warlords, it's a civil war we shouldn't be involved... Read more
Very telling insight by Michael Hastings (may he RIP) which at times is balanced with real laughter and intrigue. The account of the war is one not to be missed.Published on 9 July 2013 by Master Pete
I bought this book thinking it was about the operators - that is, special forces, also known as "operators". Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2012 by J. Greenhow