Anthony Shaffer: On the Frontlines of Afghanistan

Friday, November 26, 2010

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer was part of the “dark side of the force” in Afghanistan, the shadowy elements of the U.S. government that function outside the bounds of the normal system. In Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan and the Path to Victory, he tells the story of what really went on—and went wrong— in Afghanistan. He also addresses why the Pentagon has destroyed copies of the book.


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Comments [4]

Herman from 90815

Shaffer is just another military person who knew all the right moves but was constrained by the higher ups. Same old stuff. He is a hero, every one else made all the wrong decisions.

Dec. 03 2010 07:02 PM
Honor Intact from Virginia

Tony Shaffer's "memoirs" are nothing more than a compilation of self-aggrandizing (and self-serving) fabrications. His book is a slap in the face to soldiers and civil servants who on a daily basis perform their duties honorably, and often in harm's way -- and without finding it necessary to publicly thump their chests, and embellish (to put it mildly) their accomplishments, and belittle anyone who disagrees with them. Sadly, this country is filled with conspiracy theorists who happily, and uncritically, lap up the gruel Mr. Shaffer ladles out to them from his slop bucket of lies.

Nov. 28 2010 08:39 PM
hippiewarrior from nyc

courageous work! human inofrmation collection must focus on deeper issues within the tribes. unfortunately, we focus so much on kinetic aspects of human information collection. hippiewarrior (iraq war vet/civil affairs operator)

Nov. 26 2010 12:43 PM

I write this because your guest is so familiar with Afghanistan experience. About a week ago, all things considered profiled a woman veteran who spoke of being relieved at a check point by the next shift. As they were leaving, the replacements came under attack
They looked back and then drove away.

I am a Vietnam veteran and I was astonished that this was their response. I assume they had their weapons, and I wondered why they did not turn around to help their relief.

Thank you if you can address this question.

Nov. 26 2010 12:01 PM

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