Every day, I check the A section of the WSJ for a book review. Great one for Mark Halperin’s book this week, and that’s on my “to read, perchance to buy”, list. But this one comes before it – Into the Fire, A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War by Dakota Meyer.
Check this quote, and if it doesn’t make you want to read more, you have ice water in your veins. So there!
“Once the ambush was under way, the Americans pinned down in the village were shocked to find headquarters denying their requests for artillery and close air support. Mr. Meyer had not better luck. Constrained by restrictive rules of engagement tailored to the perceived needs of COIN, he faced a frustration all too familiar to our soldiers today. With his team trapped, and supporting forces efffectively unresponsive, Mr. Meyer reached within himself: “I wasn’t scared or angry. I was beyond that. I didn’t think I was going to die; I knew I was dead. There wasn’t anything I could do about it. I wasn’t a thinking human being. I had gone somewhere else. I wasn’t firing the machine gun; I was the machine gun. Rod wasn’t driving the truck; Rod was the truck. . . . Rod and I planned to keep driving east until we were obliterated or we found my team.”