Elephants in Afghanistan

Jason Dempsey, a former special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,  writes persuasively for War on the Rocks that ‘replicating the American military in Afghanistan makes no more sense than cowboys on elephants.’

I happen to agree with him but it is no more outlandish than replicating the American democratic system or American liberal values of gender equality and religious tolerance. US/UK counter-insurgency doctrine is childishly optimistic and doesn’t work.

SPIN ZHIRA: Old Man in Helmand

‘The best book by a soldier concerning the Afghan War that I have read’
Frank Ledwidge, bestselling author of Losing Small Wars and Investment in Blood

‘SPIN ZHIRA vividly conveys the disjointed essence of modern warfare and the impossibility of balancing the adrenaline of combat with ‘normal’ life. This book brims with authenticity and dark humour.’
Patrick Hennessey, bestselling author of The Junior Officers’ Reading Club and Kandak

‘If you want to read about political and military success in Afghanistan, this book isn’t for you. If you want a fresh perspective from someone who is not a career officer and who is brave enough to bare his soul, then SPIN ZHIRA is a must read.’
Lt Col Richard Dorney, bestselling author of The Killing Zoneand An Active Service

‘Five stars’
SOLDIER The official magazine of the British Army

‘A journey of love, service and adventure. Excellent.’
Amazon Customer

Ten reasons why you should read SPIN ZHIRA.

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