By Jake Tapper
At 6:00 a.m. at the morning of October three, 2009, strive against Outpost Keating was once viciously attacked by means of Taliban insurgents. The fifty three U.S. troops, having been stationed on the backside of 3 steep mountains, have been critically outmanned by means of approximately four hundred Taliban opponents. although the american citizens finally prevailed, their casualties made it one of many war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after greater than 3 years in that risky and susceptible valley an insignificant 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. deserted and bombed the camp. A Pentagon research later concluded that there has been no explanation for Outpost Keating to were there within the first place.
THE OUTPOST is a journey de strength of investigative journalism. Jake Tapper exposes the origins of this tragic and confounding tale, exploring the heritage of the camp and detailing the tales of squaddies heroic and doomed, shadowed through the recklessness in their commanders in Washington, D.C. and a conflict equipped on always transferring sands.
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Lincoln had very little experience, but excelled at dealing with people. Lincoln tried several staff arrangements before finally appointing Grant as General in Chief. Davis changed his structure very little throughout the war. Although he appointed Lee as General in Chief in the first year, he lost his services by placing him in command of a field army. Both faced strong challenges from a powerful governor over the draft. Davis first tried to win over the governor, then appealed directly to the people.
Their military strategies can be examined considering their different goals, and effectiveness measured by how well they addressed these goals. Examination of the strategies themselves is not sufficient, however; the methods they used to communicate this down the chain of command are equally important if not more so. Each man tried different combinations of staffs and command structures throughout the war; examining this process is important to determining their effectiveness as Commanders in Chief.
These were men much like Davis himself; mostly wealthy men who brought their slaves with them, and rode into battle wearing red shirts, white pants, and black hats. They were, however, excellent marksmen, and Davis ensured they were outfitted with the latest in percussion rifles. He was a stern disciplinarian, but his men were devoted to him. He first led them in action under his former father-in-law, General Zachary Taylor, at the Battle of Monterey. Davis and the First Mississippi Rifles were involved in the storming of Fort Teneria and Fort Diablo.