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This book is one of the most difficult books I‘ve ever read. From the horrendous bungling (& subsequent lies to the public) in the Iraqi War to the intentional cover-up about Pat Tillman‘s death by friendly fire, it‘s almost impossible to have any faith left whatsoever in the US military. The myopic decision to go to war in Iraq mirrors the faulty & egotistical optimism of Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine so much you‘d think Putin followed US ⬇️

Texreader conduct in Iraq like a grotesque manuscript—let‘s send our young scared soldiers into a country we have no place being and make excuses for their tragic failures. All of this was at the cost of attention to the war in #Afghanistan, which is referred now in some quarters as the “war on the cheap.” Pat Tillman lost his life for all these reasons, and the military did its utmost best to keep it quiet. Not a book for the faint of heart.⬇️ (edited) 3w
Texreader Krakauer demonstrates again the utmost necessity of investigative journalism. He‘s one of our best and I‘m so grateful for his existence, tenacity, bravery (he spent months on the front lines in Afghanistan), and sheer audacity to take on the highest levels of our military. If you want to understand the recent history of foreign powers in Afghanistan, this will add immensely to your knowledge. It is dated because Osama Bin Laden hadn‘t been ⬇️ 3w
Texreader assassinated yet, but that is irrelevant to this narrative for the most part. Maybe not the best pick for #foodandlit but it does provide insight into this part of the world and its ongoing tragic existence. One last note: Tillman‘s mother‘s unending attempts to uncover the truth aren‘t just worthy of mention, but to be recognized as monumentally courageous as well. Here‘s to all the moms who‘ve lost loved ones in the fields of battle. 💙 (edited) 3w
Butterfinger Great review. 3w
Megabooks Excellent review! 3w
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Serious trigger warning: the descriptions of the attack by the Air Force on Army tanks and troops in the first days of the Iraqi War are brutal At least 17 died in the attack from friendly fire and some of their deaths are described in detail. The troops are identified. I can‘t imagine reading this about a family member but I know the author is trying to expose the poor deadly decision making taking place. #foodandlit #Afghanistan @Butterfinger

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The Ukrainians appear to follow Iraqi civilians‘ example in the Iraqi War. It‘s mind-boggling the mistakes the military made costing so many lives: belatedly consulting a gps & ending up in a massive firefight in the wrong place to taking tanks over ground that turned out to be a quicksand bog as a shortcut, to the US Air Force attacking US Army tanks & troops. All in the first days of the invasion.

#foodandlit #Afghanistan

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Holy smokes! These events in the early parts of the Iraqi war sound a lot like Russia‘s imagined response from the Ukrainians, and the disastrous result.

#foodandlit #Afghanistan @Butterfinger @Catsandbooks

mrsmarch 🔨 you hit the nail on the head 😔 1mo
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Pat Tillman became a huge Ralph Waldo Emerson fan while serving in the army. I‘m a big believer in RWE‘s philosophy

#foodandlit #Afghanistan @Butterfinger @Catsandbooks

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Yikes!

The first military deaths were “friendly fire” because the soldier didn‘t understand how his GPS unit worked when he mistakenly ordered an air strike on his own men, killing 3 American soldiers. 🙁 The incident injured America‘s pick for the Afghan President Karzai as well. Not one of our finer moments as a country.

#foodandlit #Afghanistan @Butterfinger @Catsandbooks

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Pickpick

Boyne doesn‘t disappoint. Absolutely loved it!! #authoramonth

erzascarletbookgasm I loved this too👍 1mo
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