A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War (Dakota Meyer, MOH)

No, this is not a rush-to-press account of the recent disgrace in Benghazi, but if you think Libya was a unique screw-up during the Obama administration, Into the Fire — the story of the Battle of Ganjigal, by Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer and war correspondent extraordinaire Bing West — will change your perception.


As Benghazi and Ganjigal show, it’s the unwritten policy of the Obama administration that civilian lives come before the lives of American soldiers, even when there is only a slim chance bystanders will be killed.


English: WASHINGTON (Sept. 16, 2011) Medal of ...

English: WASHINGTON (Sept. 16, 2011) Medal of Honor recipient former Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer speaks with Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the honorable Ray Mabus before an induction ceremony at the Hall of Heros in the Pentagon. Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2010. Meyer saved 13 U.S. Marines and Soldiers and 23 Afghans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kevin S. O’Brien/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I first learned of Meyer’s story while reading West’s masterful The Wrong War, a scathing critique of how the Afghan war has become more of an ill-conceived welfare plan than an anti-terrorism fight.



Among that book’s most gripping chapters is the story of the ill-conceived and ill-fated Operation Dancing Goat (which I’m sure is informally known as goat-something-else among those who participated). Here, the rules of engagement and brass with no respect for the enemy’s capabilities nearly led to a disaster that would have been much worse but for the unbelievable heroism of one Marine, Dakota Meyer.


But Into the Fire, despite its subtitle, is more than just an account of that fateful day. Meyer sets the stage by telling of his complete tour in Afghanistan, recounting the successes and failures of training Afghan troops to take over their own security, and of the incredible strictures placed on American combat forces by their own command.


Time and again, Meyer was constrained from engaging enemy forces by casualty-shy commanders who forgot the age-old maxim: force projection is force protection.


But even more frustrating were…….




via A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War (Dakota Meyer, MOH).





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