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review Ò The Mirror Test Þ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á ❮Download❯ ➽ The Mirror Test ➸ Author J. Kael Weston – A powerfully written firsthand account of the human costs of conflict The Mirror Test asks that we as a nation look in the mirror and address hard uestions about AmerItle is taken centers on soldiers who have received a grievous wound to the face There is a moment during their recovery when they must look upon their reconstructed appearance for the first time This is known as the mirror test Here like grains of sand Weston gathers these voices and stories Irai Afghan and American and polishes them into a sheet of glass one he offers to us as a national mirror What Neil Sheehan's A Bright Shining Lie did for Vietnam The Mirror Test does for Ira and Afghanistan An unflinching and deep examination of the interplay between warfare and diplomacy it is an essential book a crucial look at America now how it is viewed in the world and how the nation views itself. An elouent and heartfelt memoir of a diplomat turned warrior And a humble warrior who is dismissive of his work and deeds Weston served as the Department of State DOS rep in some of the most violent places in Ira and Afghanistan Not the typical posting for a young DOS employee He interfaced with the big decision makers as well as the lance corporal on patrol and the average Afghan or Irai He wanted to make a difference He wanted to make it better His decisions led to the deaths of those around him friends Marines Irais and Afghans He feels guilt He feels powerless He was in war zones for seven consecutive years And it took him another six years to expiate himself with this book I don't think you can ever fully forgive yourself He shouldn't feel guilty but he was there He pressed for decisions Men died He is too hard on himself Fate is the final arbiter especially in aviation mishaps We used to joke that the you fly the you die He ends up making pilgrimages to the final resting places in the USA of the 31 Marines killed in a helo crash while on a voting mission in Western Ira The mission the Marines didn't want to fly but he insisted had to be doneThis should be on the Marine's reading list If you are a Marine you need to read this book The Marine Corps cast its spell on Weston as it has on many prior to him He should be an Honorary Marine But this book is not about glory but about sacrifice and decision making It could be called an anti war book The disillusionment of seeing the best of intentions result in unintended conseuences The frustration of your advice and observations being disregarded or filtered Watching a bad situation grow worse because of a lack of political will or disregard and disrespect of local culture It's all here as well as the attempt to find peace by visiting veterans and their families who have suffered It's a travel or road trip book too And it's a biography as we learn about him growing up in rural Utah Weston had a lot to say and I think he said it He's an able chronicler of the chaos around him as well as the beauty and spirit of place and humanity

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A powerfully written firsthand account of the human costs of conflict The Mirror Test asks that we as a nation look in the mirror and address hard uestions about America's wars in Ira and Afghanistan J Kael Weston spent seven years on the ground in Ira and Afghanistan working for the State Department The US government sent him to some of the most dangerous frontline locations Upon his return home traveling the country to pay respect to the killed and wounded he asked himself How and when will these wars The Mirror eBook #221 end How will they be remembered and memorialized What lessons can we learn from them uestions with no uick answers but perhaps ones that might lead to a shared reckoning. J Kael Weston spent seven years on the ground in Ira and Afghanistan working for the State Department He saw up close and personal what it cost; the US lack of national policy has cost our country in terms of treasure international standing and most of all in lives Irai lives Afghan lives and our brave service members This is an accounting of his experiences and a plea to evaluate and remember the longest war Do we recognize the country that we have become And how does the world see us after Irai and AfghanistanWhy I started this book Severely wounded warriors and all patients have a point in their healing when they must look in a mirror for the first time and see their unfamiliar face Their face that they remember is gone and they must deal with the new reality Some can't and that's why it's called the Mirror Test Weston challenges us as a nation to look in the mirror and see what Operation Irai Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom has done; to us to our service members and to the world Why I finished it This is not a book to be read uickly or lightly It demands consideration and time I cried thru the whole audio Weston mentions by name and hometown all Americans that he served with that didn't return alive Powerful and a wonderful book for Memorial Day weekend I also loved all the literary uotes that he included in his book I will be recommending this to all who know someone who served have any interest in political science or consider themselves patriotic Weston argues that we owe our service members Irai citizens and Afghan citizens to think about these wars THINK real hard And it will be the greatest service if we think about the next war before we start it not a decade into fighting it Buddy Read Playing to the Edge American Intelligence in the Age of Terror Hayden advocated enhanced interrogation claiming that it saved American lives Weston refutes these claims as he had to listen to those who spent years in Gitmo and then were released with no explanation or apology

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The Mirror TestWorthy of the sacrifices of those troops and civilians alike whose lives have been changed by than a decade and a half of war With a novelist's eye Weston takes us from Twenty Nine Palms in California to Fallujah in Ira Khost to Helmand in Afghanistan Maryland to Colorado Wyoming to New York City as well as to out of the way places in Iowa and Texas We meet generals corporals and captains senators and ambassadors NATO allies Irai truck drivers city councils imams and mullahs Afghan schoolteachers madrassa and college students former Taliban fighters and ex Guantanamo Prison detainees a torture victim SEAL and Delta Force teams and many Marines The overall frame for the book from which the t. DIdn't like this book uite as much as I expected It's an account by a State Department official who served in Ira and Afghanistan for a total of 7 years There are a lot of remarkable moments and anecdotes in this book but there's also an excessive amount of reckoning about America's actions in the past 15 years and griping about politicians and generals The book could have been a lot tighter He also develops a number of points about these conflicts to about 40% of an argument I would have liked to hear him flesh out his arguments completely Weston is right that we need to reckon with these 2 wars and how we have fought them and who has and has not sacrificed but that point doesn't make this a great book Nevertheless it was interesting to see what a State Department official did in these conflicts I'd still recommend Dexter Filkins' The Forever War as an astounding journalisticmemoir account of these wars