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Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism (urspr publ 2004; utgåvan 2005)

av Billy Waugh (Författare)

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For more than half a century, Special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of U.S. Spec Ops. He spent seven and a half years behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of a covert group of elite commandos. He trailed Osama Bin Laden in Khartoum in the early '90s, and would have killed the terrorist kingpin if his superiors had allowed it. And at the age of seventy-two, he marched through the frozen high plains of Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hunting the Jackal is the astonishing true account of the singular career of a courageous soldier in his nation's shadow wars-including his pivotal role in the previously untold story of the capture of the most infamous and elusive assassin in history, Carlos the Jackal.… (mer)
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Titel:Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism
Författare:Billy Waugh (Författare)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2005), 368 pages
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A biting satire, showing the perfect soldier, devoid of any conscience or doubt. All he wants to do by his own admission is to kill people and wherever the government sends him he will happily go - whatever the circumstances. It shows the unreal cruelty of the American army in case you thought 3rd world dictators had the monopoly on pointless slaughter of innocent people.

But, as the main character would have it, we all know that America has never done anything wrong and all the history books are written by limp-wristed academics who frankly don't understand that what is important in life is to do what the general tells you to and not to question anything ever, in case your brain experiences a thought that does not involve imagining killing another human being (with a smile on your face). Otherwise the pinkos win.

Parts of the book made me ill. The deranged glee the author exhibits describing blowing up sleeping soldiers with grenades or killing a woman in case she woke them up with her screaming was just vomit inducing. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
Autobiography of special agent anti-terrorism fighter ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 9, 2017 |
Billy Waugh’s fifty year military and para-military career makes for some good reading. It also does a service by illustrating the high human cost of war, but also the price we pay for lapsed vigilance.

Although filled with equal parts braggadocio “I developed a propensity for attracting gunshots and shrapnel; I possess eight Purple Hearts to commemorate these occasions” and false modesty “Let me be clear: I am not a hero,” this is a compelling book.

Waugh details his seven years in Vietnam, most as a Master Sergeant attached to the Special Operations Group. He retired after the war and worked at a series of unsatisfying civilian jobs until he was hired to train soldiers in Libya. He later became a CIA contractor, hired to keep tabs Osama Bin Laden in Khartoum, Sudan in the early 1990s. (This book was published in 2004. In it Waugh says he believes Bin Laden was killed by a smart bomb on 2/4/02).

Waugh was later instrumental in the tracking and surveillance of Carlos the Jackal (Ilich Ramirez-Sanchez) in Khartoum, which led to his capture by the French. This may be the most gripping part of the book.

Waugh finishes out his career – in his seventies - with two months in Afghanistan at the beginning of the war there. ( )
1 rösta Hagelstein | Apr 26, 2013 |
If you are an American and want to feel patriotic about what type of person the military can produce and what they can accomplish, read this. Unbelievably smooth read. Keown's editorial work is equal to Kureth's in Franklin Miller's 'Reflections of a Warrior'. ( )
  sacredheart25 | Jun 1, 2010 |
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For more than half a century, Special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of U.S. Spec Ops. He spent seven and a half years behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of a covert group of elite commandos. He trailed Osama Bin Laden in Khartoum in the early '90s, and would have killed the terrorist kingpin if his superiors had allowed it. And at the age of seventy-two, he marched through the frozen high plains of Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hunting the Jackal is the astonishing true account of the singular career of a courageous soldier in his nation's shadow wars-including his pivotal role in the previously untold story of the capture of the most infamous and elusive assassin in history, Carlos the Jackal.

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