by Doug Stanton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What an amazing untold story of the American Special Forces in Afghanistan following 9/11. They were welcomed as liberators. People lined the streets thanking this small band of Americans for freeing them from Taliban rule.
How’d they do it? Riding horses shoulder-to-shoulder with the indigenous Northern Alliance soldiers, using Civil War strategies for mounted attacks. They worked with the embedded Afghani soldiers. They considered their wisdom and experience. They fought with them in the mountains, on the trails, all the while taking great care to avoid civilian casualties and follow the cultural norms of their fellow Afghan fighters. As a result, they won their hearts and souls and gave them their country back.
As one of the two prominent warlords said, “I asked for a few Americans. They brought with them the courage of a whole army.”
This is a blueprint for modern warfare.