The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Fought for a New Afghanistan (P.S.)
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Eric Blehm, author of the award-winning The Last Season, is back with another true adventure story, The Only Thing Worth Dying For. Set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the untold story of the team of Green Berets led by Captain Jason Amerine that conquered the Taliban and helped bring Hamid Karzai to power in Afghanistan. In the tradition of Black Hawk Down, The Only Thing Worth Dying For is, in the words of former Congressman Charlie Wilson (from Charlie Wilson's War), "the one book you must read if you have any hope of understanding what our fine American soldiers are up against in Afghanistan."
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isn’t too hard to plan, so we aren’t going to do it.” Amerine registered the puzzled looks with a smile. “We are going to plan an unconventional war from scratch, from making friends with happy little villagers to organizing them as an army of killers and taking them to war. I intend for us to pull a plan out of our asses in five days that will make us marketable for just about any mission they throw at us. With any luck, that will get us out the door first.” Amerine’s “broad concept” plan
would face. Abdullah also surprised Dobbins when he suggested that Afghanistan’s next leader should be a Pashtun from outside the Northern Alliance but not the aging King Zahir Shah. “We need more than a figurehead,” said Abdullah. “We need someone who will be able to deal with the terrible challenges Afghanistan now faces.” “Do you have anyone in mind?” asked Dobbins. Without hesitation, Abdullah replied, “Hamid Karzai.” It was more than forty-eight hours since the battle, and the Taliban
Amerine stepped forward. “Hey, Colonel,” he said, shaking Fox’s hand. “Welcome to Tarin Kowt.” “It’s been a hell of a trip getting here,”4 said Fox. As they walked to the trucks, Fox told Amerine he realized his presence on the mission violated Special Forces doctrine. “When I was briefed about this,” he said, “the first thing I said was, ‘This is a B-team mission.’” “What did Mulholland say about that?” said Amerine. “I never even saw Mulholland. When we were at K2, he was here in
us and get the hell out of here.” Mike sprinted forward twenty yards, hearing bullets whizzing overhead. Holy shit, this is for real! he thought. Oh, fuck. I’m scared as shit. Oh man, they’re really shooting—I can’t believe this. This is funny. No, this is not funny. I need to kill these motherfuckers; I need to go that way, toward them. He paused twenty yards out. Directly ahead of him was a “fatal funnel,” where he would be exposed for at least a hundred yards without cover. “Fuck this,” he