The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

The Dogs Are Eating Them Now Our War in Afghanistan For readers of War by Sebastian Junger We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch and The Forever War by Dexter Filkins The Dogs Are Eating Them Now

  • Title: The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan
  • Author: Graeme Smith
  • ISBN: 9780307397805
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For readers of War by Sebastian Junger, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch, and The Forever War by Dexter Filkins The Dogs Are Eating Them Now is a raw, uncensored account of the war in Afghanistan from a brilliant young reporter who for several years was the only Western journalist brave enough to live full time iFor readers of War by Sebastian Junger, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch, and The Forever War by Dexter Filkins The Dogs Are Eating Them Now is a raw, uncensored account of the war in Afghanistan from a brilliant young reporter who for several years was the only Western journalist brave enough to live full time in the dangerous southern region The Dogs are Eating Them Now is a highly personal narrative of our war in Afghanistan and how it went dangerously wrong Written by a respected and fearless former foreign correspondent who has won multiple awards for his journalism including an Emmy for the video series Talking with the Taliban this is a gripping account of modern warfare that takes you into back alleys, cockpits and prisons telling stories that would have endangered his life had he published this book while still working as a journalist.From the corruption of law enforcement agents and the tribal nature of the local power structure to the economics of the drug trade and the frequent blunders of foreign troops, this is the no holds barred story from a leading expert on the insurgency Smith draws on his unmatched compassion and a rare ability to cut through the noise and see the broader truths to give us a bold and candid look at the Taliban s continued influence and at the mistakes, catastrophes and ultimate failure of the West s best intentions.

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    1. I am no doubt writing an opinionated essay under the guise of a review, gentle reader. No doubt many of you will disagree with my 'review'.Canadian Graeme Smith's book, 'The Dogs are Eating Them Now - Our War in Afghanistan' is readable and as factually accurate as far as I, an armchair observer, can tell. He traveled in Afghanistan from 2005-2011; he was not embedded with military minders on many of his 17 journeys; he relates eye-witnessed events to understand causes and purposes. This book is [...]


    2. In the years ahead, as we watch yet worse conflict in Afghanistan, this book will come to be seen as definitive in explaining the tragedy. "We lost the war in southern Afghanistan," writes Smith, "and it broke my heart." Tracing the years from 2005 to 2013, which he covered as a journalist, the author probes this defeat with remarkable insight and gripping authenticity. Three major themes stand out for me in this book. The first is the dramatic and inexorable rise in violence in the area despite [...]



    3. Powerful look at the war in Afghanistan from the perspective of a Canadian reporter who is neither a hawk nor a dove, but a clear-sighted observer with enormous compassion for both sides.


    4. This is not a review but is based on an interview I had with the author. It was originally published in the Georgia Straight newspaper.Fourteen seconds of silence pass on an audio recording of Graeme Smith’s interview with Brig.-Gen. David Fraser. Finally, the commander answers a question about Canadian forces handing prisoners over to an Afghan penal system fraught with abuse and torture.“He knew that he was wading into deep waters by talking about detainees, and he was brave to do so,” S [...]


    5. Full disclosure: Graeme is a personal friend and I have an enormous amount of respect for his analysis of Afghanistan, which is based on his many years of experience in Afghanistan and his profound insight into the people, tribal dynamics, power, problems, and money of Afghanistan.While this book concentrates on a certain part of his experience in Afghanistan, it explains the complicated and frustrating situation in Afghanistan better than most other things I've read.


    6. If you’re not yet aware of this book and its background let me briefly explain before I get into my review. The edition I just read is the new American edition (which has an added Forward) as the book was originally published in 2013 in Canada. Graeme Smith is Canadian and covered the Afghanistan war as fought by NATO (mostly Canadian troops) in Southern Afghanistan around the city of Kandahar. He spent more time in this region than any other reporter from September 2005 to 2009, returning aga [...]


    7. Graeme Smith is a Canadian journalist who spent many years covering the war in Afganistan, researching the underlying issues. The book is organized in a time line with his growing impressions and knowledge of the forces at work. His research leads him to an opinion that as international force escalated, the insurgency also increased. He does not call them the Taliban, having decided that hatred of Nato brought about from ground fire fight, bombs killing their families (civilians), destruction of [...]


    8. 2013 was a banner year for reading as I saw it. Notable reads were by Graeme Smith The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan . I do remember Smith’s dispatches from Afghanistan as a Globe and Mail correspondent and it wasn’t till I saw an interview with him at the CBC show Power and Politics and “hey, I remember that guy from the Globe” that his book was worth a look see. It was, believe me. Smith’s chronicles are not strictly through the lens of the military, diplomats, gov [...]


    9. We lost the war in southern Afghanistan and it broke my heart.Everyone pretended to care but nothing ever happened. They passed captured troops over to ruthless jailers and pretended torture didn't happen. They burned poppy crops but never bothered looking into the actual drug trade, which seems to be responsible for the flow of weapons into the country. They insisted troop surges and airstrikes would cripple the enemy when it only riled them.Smith cared. He spent years in Afghanistan alongside [...]


    10. War in the west over the last 100 years has been total war over ideology and nationalism and as such we have had difficulty recognizing wars fought differently. Smith chronicles our experience in asymentrical warfare in a land where war can at times have short-term goals. Western naivete is fully demonstrated by Smith as Afghans fight (or not) for tribal and short term economic gain ignoring the wide-sweeping generalizations and statements of the western military. Hopefully, once western leaders [...]


    11. I believe this book is a must read for Canadians and in fact citizens of Western nations. It documents how a simple plan, punishing the Taliban for supporting terrorists, gets morphed into an unrealistic dream. Who decided that we should be dragging what amounts to a tribalistic society into our version of a modern western nation. Of course our leadership couldn't admit that their strategy was ill conceived and then after it had failed, acknowledge that failure. I don't know where Aphganistan wi [...]


    12. Powerful, sad, compelling book I tore through in a couple of days. Does a very good job of laying out situations in an easily understandable way, providing objective analysis of all sides, and interpreting the observations with candor and reason. This is someone who was close to the war (which continues) and has provided some painful clarity on the pitfalls of optimism and the perils of ignorance. It's a few years old now, but still very fresh, and I expect it to be so for some time.


    13. Really gripping account of life as a reporter in southern Afghanistan. The accounts in the book, and Graeme's insights, are the kind that most people find it hard to articulate. But The Dogs Are Eating Them Now is brutally honest not just about the war in Afghanistan but also about journalism and living in conflict zones. Anyone with even a fleeting interest in reporting or the region should read this.


    14. Objective insight from an embedded Canadian journalist. Chapter 12 a must.-- Anonymous staff member


    15. rabble/books/reviews/2014/0Review by Amira ElghawabyCanada will officially end its military engagement in Afghanistan in March 2014 after losing 158 Canadian Forces personnel and spending billions of dollars on the war effort. So, was it worth it?You won't find the answer in Graeme Smith's award-winning retrospective The Dogs Are Eating Them Now on his time as a foreign correspondent for the Globe and Mail. In fact, you'll only find more questions that beg for answers -- and our collective atten [...]


    16. Having very little understanding of the Afghanistan War to begin with, this book was informative and interesting but still easy to understand. Puts today's political climate in context. Makes me want to learn more.


    17. "They found it difficult to imagine that English-speaking soldiers who wore similar uniforms, carried the same weapons and fought on the same side would have fundamental disagreements about the war. They saw all of us as Americans. (For years, people in Kandahar city would look at me and ask, 'Amerika-yeh?' and it was hard to persuade them I was from Canada--and then, to convince them Canada was a real country).""The middleman spelled it out: the real money, he said, came from kidnappings and ex [...]


    18. The situation in Afghanistan is only worsening; this book explains the tragedy of the many who have lost their lives. The author of this book traced the war in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2013. He is a journalist that gives a remarkable insight to such a deep and unsettling war. The author writes with such deep and gripping detail that the entire text is raw and unnerving. The author is a journalist, who was the only Western correspondent at the time. His insight and courage in a time of war has al [...]


    19. This Canadian journalist spent much time over several years in Southern Afghanistan, the Kandahar area, and writes about what he saw and learned and what it means for our continued efforts there. He writes with gritty realism (don't bring a weak stomach) and spends time with soldiers, local people and even Taliban. Upshot of his analysis: we made a huge mistake. We thought sending Western well-armed, good soldiers would make the people of southern Afghanistan want to be and behave just like us. [...]


    20. Graeme Smith was the only Western journalist living full time in the dangerous south of Afghanistan from 2005 to 2013. Like many other Canadians my main impression of the war from the media was the good our troops were doing rebuilding this damaged country. The truth according to Smith is that we were bogged down in interfering in a civil war. Soldiers, supposedly there to help restore peace, carved "Nuke Afghanistan" on rocks. Smith begins his book by stating, "We lost the war in Afghanistan an [...]


    21. This book is an absolute must read for anyone interested in the war in Afghanistan, and particularly our Canadian involvement. It is a revealing and harrowing account of life on the ground in Afghanistan, one that strips away all of the political "spin" that the Canadian public has been force-fed about the mission.The reason this book is so great is essentially two-fold: it is focused and candid. Smith does not attempt to write an all encompassing work on the history, analysis and military strat [...]


    22. The author says "Afghanistan was an unsuccessful laboratory for ideas about how to fix a ruined country". It's an interesting statement, and as I made my way through the book it seemed to make perfect sense.I found this book very educational because it provided insight that went beyond the biased micro sound bites that the news usually provides. The style of the book was very enjoyable in terms of how it often told a particular story by describing what the foreign leadership structure believed t [...]


    23. Good book on Afghanistan. The book examines the nuances that are not examined in day to day news coverage. I'm always torn between idealism and pragmatism when thinking about war and international development. I'm amazed by the personal sacrifice that journalists make in reporting on a war zone. It's unfortunate I don't recall reading G. Smith in the Globe and Mail while he was covering the War in Afghanistan.I think this book will at least continue to raise awareness about the tremendous sacrif [...]


    24. A fascinating perspective of Canadian involvement in Afghanistan until our troop pullout in 2011. Mr. Smith not only just covers the NATO side of the conflict but does a very good job of enlightening the reader to both sides of the debacle that resulted in wasted lives and energy. Whether you are pro or con for the original initiative that resulted in a decade of fighting, this is a good read in just a few pages to get an understanding of what we are actually there for in the first place. A very [...]


    25. I thought this was a very well thought-out and well presented summation of the "Afghan Problem" presented to the modern world. Graeme Smith went out into the world and did true journalism, without the grandiose posing of most war-time correspondants. The story (as exemplified by the title) shows clearly how power and money used without clear direction can't fix any complex problem. The best trained and equipped troops in the world can go into a country and kick butt, however if their leadership [...]


    26. Highly recommended, a great read. My only complaint is its brevity, at less than 300 pages. I could have read another 300 pages of his reporting and insights.It succeeds by not trying to be something it's not; that is, it does not try to be a definitive account of the West's mission in Afghanistan, it is instead a very personal account of one journalist's experiences through tumultuous years in the country's recent history.He is saddened and disappointed by how things have turned out, but I was [...]


    27. I've always felt the war in Afghanistan to be frustratingly opaque and confusing (even compared to Iraq) even when reading the dispatches of prominent journalists. For that reason, it was a real joy to discover Graeme Smith's first-hand account of his time as a journalist in the south of Afghanistan. Smith's own frustrations with the conflict, both in terms of understanding what it going on and struggling to comprehend why certain choices are made by all sides, is both a page-turner and an impor [...]


    28. Excellent book. Easy to read without overwhelming history and political slants or biases. This was a balanced book which illustrates so many reasons why nation building in Afghanistan isn't as simple as some would have us believe or think. The author identified the main issues as well as the complicated politics behind them without taking either left or right wing biases (in my opinion). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and certainly learned many new reasons why Afghanistan will likely never attai [...]


    29. A highly engrossing read of things that went wrong in Afghanistan. Might have gotten 5 stars had I not already read "No Good Men Among the Living," which breathes more life into the conflict than this one. Graeme Smith's reporting is a credit to journalists who have struggled to provide accurate portrayals of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (especially the former once resources and attention turned toward Iraq after that war started).


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