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Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton
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Feb 09, 2010

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

This was a very interesting book, and a very satisfying read. Better than other military books I've read because it is written by a journalist who did LOTS of interviews, including Afghanis. I was hoping this would be a horse book as well as a military book, but not so much a horse book. Yes, they do ride horses, and that is significant in that modern warfare is not usually fought from horseback, but there isn't much else about the horses themselves. But it was a very interesting book about how Special Forces works, and how they partner with local people/generals/militias to achieve an objective. This covers much of the same ground as "First In" by Gary Schroen, a CIA officer who went in to Afghanistan right after Sept. 11 with a team to lay the groundwork for special forces, who followed shortly after. However, reading about how successful this first few months in Afghanistan was makes it all the more frustrating and sad that the Bush administration screwed things up there so badly by not maintaining attention in that region, repeating mistakes of the past in Afghanistan.
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