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The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan

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10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic

Among the real thinkers in the Army there is a motto that the subjects of this book failed to recognize as a truth: Arrogance does not equal competence. This author is a real patriot...he's exposed the Eisenhower wannabes for what they are and what they aren't.

posted by 9756086 on January 15, 2012

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Gggg

I love this book sweet!!

posted by Anonymous on January 26, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Fantastic

    Among the real thinkers in the Army there is a motto that the subjects of this book failed to recognize as a truth: Arrogance does not equal competence.

    This author is a real patriot...he's exposed the Eisenhower wannabes for what they are and what they aren't.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Yes, We Should be Disturbed by the Afghan War and Its Leaders. Hastings Has the Experience to Tell Us Why

    If you want warm fuzzies about the powerful U.S. military and its exalted leaders, pass on this book. It's not for people who equate war with patriotism, security and heroic leadership. But it is fair, based on cobersationsI have had with current and retired military people.

    The military is its own universe, and Stanley McChrystal is the ultimate insider, not even knowing "what to do with civilians." Example: Hastings writes of McChrystal's contacting a respected author about his definitive book on the Vietnam War. The general asks the author what he (McChrystal) could learn from the author as he prepared to take the command in Afghanistan. The author replied that the U.S. should never have been in Vietnam. That was not was the general wanted to hear and proceeded with on-going, brutal attacks in the Helmand Province. An elite review team advised against even fighting there, where troops were being killed every four or five days.The momentum was there. Our forces would stay and fight. We now know, of course, that even the "great" Gen. David Petraeus did not use the word "win" after he took over the command from McChrystal. The Operators tells us why. It's well-researched - Hasting was there for the strategy and truth sessions - and it will be familiar to people who actually served.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Eye Opener!

    I have to admit I could only read so much of this book at one time because I found the behavior of these generals and their subordinates so disgusting. THis was an informative account of the complete manipulation of what went on in Afganistan and how the American people have been lied to so the generals can "play war" at the expense of many American lives. Thank you, Michael Hastings, for again enlightening us! Keep up the great work!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Number 1from a Viet Nam Vet

    Afghanistan, what a waste of life (our soldiers & their civilans - could give a s... about their so called military)! Couple of Generals wanting their Combat Infantry badges, polliticans with no idea what the f... is going on, and civilian contractors raking in $,$$$,$$$'s at taxpayers' expense! Hastings, you are right on, thanks and keep hammering them. A must read if you give a s... about this country and our children and their children if they get to have any!!!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    The operators

    Michael Hastings introduces humor to a very morbid and moribund adventure of the US in Afghanistan. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of our country.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Amamzing

    If you read one book all year this is that book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    Incredibly smart and bravely devoid of the love fest propaganda

    Incredibly smart and bravely devoid of the love fest propaganda one finds in Broadwell's bio of Petraeus.  This is a must read.  Hastings is the man!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

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    Revealing...

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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