A review I wish I’d written

by Rachel Baker on October 20, 2014

This is a review of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal (Metropolitan, 304 pp, $27.00). The review is written by Rory Stewart who is Chairman of the Defence Committee of the House of Commons and the author of The Places in Between, among other books. He was previously the Ryan Professor of ­Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School.

So…right off the bat, I don’t have the education and understanding probably to write this review. I wish I did. This review is amazing – truly worth reading and maybe even then buying the book if the subject matter is something you might find interesting.

Read more: Afghanistan: ‘A Shocking Indictment’

But Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living shows that everything has not been said. His new and shocking indictment demonstrates that the failures of the intervention were worse than even the most cynical believed. Gopal, a Wall Street Journal and Christian Science Monitor reporter, investigates, for example, a US counterterrorist operation in January 2002. US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, had identified two sites as likely “al-Qaeda compounds.” It sent in a Special Forces team by helicopter; the commander, Master Sergeant Anthony Pryor, was attacked by an unknown assailant, broke his neck as they fought and then killed him with his pistol; he used his weapon to shoot further adversaries, seized prisoners, and flew out again, like a Hollywood hero.

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