The content is hampered by a uniform pro-war sermonizing from almost all the bloggers. There is also some dehumanization of the enemy and Iraqi and Afghani citizens that comes from the heat of combat. Despite these hindrances there are several powerful passages in here that spell out the realities of these wars as well as the passio This book collects blogs from soldiers and those close to them to give an extremely broad and intimate look at our current wars and how they are affecting Americans.
Despite these hindrances there are several powerful passages in here that spell out the realities of these wars as well as the passion of the men and women that fulfill their missions. Jan 17, Jerry rated it really liked it Shelves: bazin. Great collection of Iraq and Afghanistan-related milblog posts.
And why all the hard-won gains of the surge are in grave danger of being lost today.
The Blog of War covers every war from the perspective of the individuals who take part: friends, spouses, and the soldiers themselves. Jul 20, Kylie rated it it was amazing.
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I read blogs. I write a blog. I enjoyed reading the real stories of a select group of servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan. I'll admit that I skipped over the death section, because at the time it was too hard for me to read.
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All in all, an interesting and quick read. Jun 30, Kate Krier rated it it was amazing. An eye-opening must read book.. May 29, Reader rated it really liked it. Very good--wouldn't recommend because of swearing Mar 08, Michelle Dale rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone who knows a soldier or who has ever been one.
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Made me cry. I hate that. Jul 01, Keith rated it it was amazing. I highly recommend this book. Real, and honest. Helps to understand what our hero soldiers are really going through. Brought tears to my eyes an many occasions. Jul 10, Kristeen rated it liked it. One of Alex's blog entries is in here. Not one of his best, though.
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Blackwater and Erinys were not the only ones who acted with seeming impunity.
Perhaps the most egregious incident occurred on 28 May , when the US marines came under fire from four white Ford pickup trucks and a grey Excursion sports utility vehicle "recklessly driving through Fallujah traveling west — and firing sporadically at vehicles". Eventually, one of the Zapata vehicles ran over a spike strip in the road near a guard house under the control of the US Marines.
The Marines placed 19 Zapata employees under arrest. I do not know under what legal authority those men thought they were operating, but it was not in keeping with the law of Iraq nor consistent with what professional, responsible and law-abiding private security companies are doing here. But Iraqis cannot tell which of these companies are licensed and which are not. Yet Aegis hardly inspired confidence — one of their employees caused an uproar when he uploaded a video of security contractors shooting at Iraqis , with an Elvis Presley soundtrack to match.
Things got even worse when the Washington Post published an article about yet another security company named Triple Canopy, in which team leader Jacob C Washbourne was quoted as saying: "I want to kill somebody today. Today, the Pentagon says that the random shootings are a thing of the past.
Unfortunately, there is no website or any other public way to contact this important body. Perhaps the most worrying news about private military contractors came on 18 August , when the New York Times revealed that the US government was planning to double the number of private security contractors in Iraq:.
It's not just Iraqis who are worried. At a hearing in congress on 23 September , Michael Thibault, co-chair of the commission on wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan and a former senior Pentagon auditor, said that he was troubled by the fact that the state department had very little experience to oversee this civilian surge in Iraq:. Courtesy of WikiLeaks, we now know that many more deadly shootings have taken place by these unregulated private security contractors than we knew of before.
Given this new knowledge, it is time that we demand an inquiry into the privatisation of the military. Right now, the prime facie evidence is that it has considerably increased the number of unnecessary violent incidents, while reducing military discipline and accountability and costing taxpayers a bundle. Perhaps the most worrying news about private military contractors came on 18 August , when the New York Times revealed that the US government was planning to double the number of private security contractors in Iraq: "Defending five fortified compounds across the country, the security contractors would operate radars to warn of enemy rocket attacks, search for roadside bombs, fly reconnaissance drones and even staff quick reaction forces to aid civilians in distress, the officials said.
At a hearing in congress on 23 September , Michael Thibault, co-chair of the commission on wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan and a former senior Pentagon auditor, said that he was troubled by the fact that the state department had very little experience to oversee this civilian surge in Iraq: " I t is not clear that it has the trained personnel to manage and oversee contract performance of a kind that has already shown the potential for creating tragic incidents and frayed relations with host countries. Topics Iraq: The war logs Opinion. Reuse this content.
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