America's "Shadow Warriors" on a Mission to "Kill Pablo": Focus on Special Operations Forces in Light of Afghanistan
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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The rout in late-2001 of Afghanistans Taliban regime brings a timely relevance to two new books about U.S. Special Operations Forces SOF by two prominent American authors. Both make for crisp, fast and fun reading. Both books are likely to be revealing in a voyeuristic sense for overly-sensitive liberals, gratifying for might-makes-right knuckle-draggersand informative while entertaining for the great majority of us between. Shadow Warriors is Clancys third in his Commanders series of non-fiction books. It is a follow-up to Into the Storm published in 1998 about the Army and Every Man a Tiger 2000 about the Air Force. While each of the three is a love letter to the military-industrial complex, each also offers a winning blend of technology, history, biography and well-told war stories. Each is co-authored by Clancy and a retired general. As is the heroic CIA official Jack Ryan in Clancys fictional series, SOF leaders in Shadow Warriors are portrayed in an ideal light. Not surprisingly, General Stiner, with whom Clancy co-authored the book, never makes a significant blunder and is portrayed as an all-knowing visionary of humble origins from a farm in Tennessee. He is depicted almost as a real life Jack Ryan.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Unconventional Warfare