The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan

The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan

by J. Kael Weston

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ISBN-13: 9780345806949
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 832,739
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

JOHN KAEL WESTON represented the United States for more than a decade as a State Department official. Washington acknowledged his multi-year work in Fallujah with Marines by awarding him one of its highest honors, the Secretary of State's Medal for Heroism.

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By summer 2003, massive and ongoing troop movements had outstripped the Pentagon’s ability to fly U.S. service members to Iraq using only military aircraft. Lucrative contracts were awarded for commercial and charter airlines to fill the gap. Soon Boeing 757s helped transport battalions of Marines and soldiers to Kuwait. From there the Pentagon’s workhorse C-130 flown by uniformed pilots—many National Guard units in effect federalized—made the final, corkscrew landing into Baghdad.
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Table of Contents

Preface xv

Prologue: Twentynine Palms, California 3

Part I The Wrong War

Quagmire 15

Friends and Enemies 26

Phantom Fury or New Dawn? 37

Happy Birthday 49

The Potato Factory 63

Clear, Hold, Build 79

Helo Down 92

Collaboration 106

KIA in Mayberry 123

When Senators and Generals Talk 136

Sara al-Jumaili and the Last Grand Mufti 150

A Farewell to Fallujah 161

The 93 176

To Monument Valley 195

Part II The Right War

Deeper into the Muslim World 213

Dilawar of Yakubi 228

Khost U. 242

A Handshake, or Two 251

Reformed Taliban 260

The Ego Has Landed 270

Life After Guantánamo 279

The Dead of Sabari District 290

The Commander and the Top Student 303

Jackpots and Dryholes 311

Motor City 323

Escalation 336

Our British Friends 346

Ask and Tell 357

A Dignified Transfer and The 91 366

Part III Home

To Cherokee, Iowa 391

To Menard, Texas 404

The Parade 416

Semper Fido and the Sierras 427

Operation Mend 436

The Spirit of America 446

The Library 463

A Museum of War 476

Nick's Home 485

The Mall of America 498

Epilogue: New York City 513

After War: A Soldier's War Journal 533

31 Angels 543

Author's Note 569

Sources 573

Acknowledgments 575

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CynHin More than 1 year ago
J. Kael Weston had me hooked from the first page. He describes how soldiers and marines live -- from his perspective. THE MIRROR TEST is a pleasure even though the subject matter is heavy. The writing style is easy. Easy but not elementary. Weston's premise gave me pause, expect this book to challenge your thinking, as it did mine. I found this book compelling and credible.. Mr. Weston is one impressive author with great experience, friends in high places, and pure guts. A definite 5 stars!