Anthony Shaffer: Operation Dark Heart



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Writing but is a real story that exposes the raw unpleasant story of how our Military actually operates in this war and it ain t pretty Searching for an answer to how we can best bring this war to a conclusion I am becoming convinced that we are not learning the lessons that brought us success I have moved backwards to now read Bob Woodwards book on the 2007 Bush Administration efforts that resulted in the surge in Ira to learn about the background to our present strategy These books together are helping me toward a conclusion I recommend reading them all in the same order I id LtColAnthony Shaffer Operation Dark Heart Thomas Dunne Books StMartins Press NY 2010 289 pagesThe book follows Col Shaffer and his mission in fighting the Taliban He is part of a secret Black Ops unitthey call themselves the Jedi Knights and they are not bound by normal GovtRegulations They The Confabulist do well in their fight against the Taliban until the top brass get in their way implementing totally flawed and ridiculous policiesthings we see today the Col and his team have no operating space like theyid before and just watch the Taliban regrouping everyday building up and getting stronger This book reveals the type of corruption and incompetent behavior that goes on in our current Government If your looking for fun and excitement then this is not the book for you If your looking for a taste of the real world and how everything really works behind closed Der Illusionist doors then this isefinitely the book for you There are some blotted out lines so it oes not feel like you are reading a book And sometimes they cover nearly two pages This book has given me information about the corruption that goes on in our government and military It made me feel assure about the things I have heard in the past This is a very serious book and you will not feel joy but you will get new knowledge about how corruption from the high up hurts our men and women in arms and can even benefit our enemies I recommend reading this book for knowledge and real world insight An interesting read Another example of. Nced before There he led a black ops team on the forefront of the military efforts to block the Taliban’s resurgence They not only planned complex intelligence operations to beat back the insurgents but also played a key role in executing those operations outside the wire They succeeded in striking at the core of the Taliban and their safe havens across the border in Pakistan For a moment Shaffer saw us winning the war Then the military brass got involved The policies that top officials relied on were hopelessly flawed Shaffer and his team were forced to sit and watch as the insurgency grew just across the border in Pakistan This wasn’t the first time he had seen bureaucracy stand in the way of national security He had participated in Able Danger the aborted intelligence operation that identified many of the future 911 terrorists but failed to pursue them His attempt to reveal the truth to the 911 Commission would not go over well with his higher ups Operation Dark Heart tells the

Shaffer escribes in no uncertain terms the Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, difficulties and challenges the US Government and US Military faces in working to stabalize Afghanistan and fight against al aeda and the Taliban These challenges are not only external but include the internal bureaucracy that often works to prevent the most effective individuals and most effective programs from succeedingue to turf wars constant changes made to senior leadership and unclear goals and objectives This is a fascinating read into the world of HUMINT operations and how they help SpecOps forces to effectively Ask the Past do their job I especially like that Shaffer not onlyescribes the problems but provides some solutions about how these problems can be addressed if we are serious about stability and success The blacked out words phrases and paragraphs are frustrating to be certain Particularly since as you get further and further into the book you wonder if it was really necessary to censor certain areas of information Shaffer was in intelligence himself he would know what is DE classified and what isn t As well as what he can and cannot say I fully plan on getting the second edition to compare and see what has been Riding Class (Saddle Club, done in regards to the blacked out sections That aside I overall really enjoyed the book It s nice to see events like this through the eyes of someone fighting over there Some criticized the fact he hasetails of his personal life in the book mixed in with his work in Afghanistan to which I say why in the world is that a problem It s his MEMOIR not a Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, dis connected history book If youon t want a human element to your war stories on t read this book I seriously enjoyed it I read War then Horse Soldiers War covers the now of Afghanistan by a world class writer Horse Soldiers cover the Special Forces who first went to Afghanistan fought in support of the Northern Alliance and essentially expelled the Taliban in two months with just 50 of our men Op Dark Heart is the in between time when we restarted fighting the back again Taliban It too is written by a participantis not the best. Important Message for CustomersOn Friday August 13 2010 just as St Martin’s Press was readying its initial shipment of Operation Dark Heart the Department of Defense expressed concern that its publication could cause amage to US national security The publication of the initial edition was canceled However after consulting with the author Lt Col Anthony Shaffer St Martin's Press agreed to incorporate some of the government’s changes which includes redacting classified text into a revised edition which is releasing on September 24Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer had run intelligence operations for years before he arrived in Afghanistan He was part of the “dark side of the force” the shadowy elements of the US government that function outside the bounds of the normal system His group called themselves the Jedi Knights and pledged to use the ark arts of espionage to protect the country from its enemies Shaffer’s mission to Afghanistan however was unlike any he had ever experie.

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Good people trying to o the right thing and constantly being thwarted by corrupt and self serving governmental bureaucracies Let s give the Colonel some slack here I liked the book full well knowing how governmental agencies work at Goldilocks the Three Bears different levels I appreciate living in a country where truth still eventually can be told even when censored If you want a rough idea how it works even in theark you should read this book Only a couple chapters in and have read enough to know NOT to recommend it to even my worst enemy It s poorly written and oes not flow well Even if passages weren t blacked out the flow wouldn t improve any The author is full of himself He just oozes pretentiousness and overestimates his importance in the events he attempts to escribeIt s a good book for reading in the bathroom however If you run out of TP you can just rip pages out of the book and use themAddendum Shaffer has a habit of commenting on the egos of some of the individuals he worked with in Afghanistan while ignoring his own arrogance and ego as evidenced by his need to write a fck and tell memoir He Socialist Realism describes the fellow who followed him in Afghanistan as a cowboy who only wants to chase the bad guys Pot Kettle Black I stand by my comment about the book s usefulness in the bathroom 9500 copies of this book were burned by the United States military I guess I m going to have to read it I had to uit reading this book about one soldier s look at his life and what a great job heid to save what ever I just could not take any of his I m the best thing here in Afghanistan and you better I Look Up To... Michelle Obama do it my way or no way at all I got to page 88 and that is all I could take of this guy This is aeeply flawed book that Doctor Extraño doesn t know what it wants to be There is some interesting sections mostly about Able Danger but there s a lot thatoesn t need to be in there especially the personal life info If you re looking for an overview of the tactical situation in Afghanistan in 2004 that wasn t released until six years later this might just be the book for you Otherwise there are. Tory of what really went on and what went wrong in Afghanistan Shaffer witnessed firsthand the tipping point when what seemed like certain victory turned into failure Now in this book he maps out a way that could put us on the path to winning the war“Anthony Shaffer has written a gripping account filled with amazing etail of an otherwise secret world Shaffer has the instincts of a thriller writer and the knowledge and perspective of the professional insider Operation Dark Heart is a fascinating page turner” Doug Stanton author of Horse Soldiers “A fascinating look into the highly complex world of modern combat clandestine intelligence and bureaucrats run amok Tony Shaffer walks and runs us through a critical time in the history in the war in Afghanistan From the opening to the closing you are on the edge of your seat Tony is in all aspects the real Jack Bauer but with an intellect” Dr Christopher M Lehman former Special Assistant to President Reagan National Security Counse.

Anthony Shaffer retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in July 2011 after than 30 years of service He is a 1986 graduate of Wright State University where he was awarded a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies He is now a Senior Fellow with both the London Center for Policy Research and the Center for Advanced Defense Studies CADS and a consultant