A Tale of American Heroism
ABC News’s Jake Tapper on his new book, “The Outpost”.
- Duration 8:28
- Date Nov 14, 2012
ABC News’s Jake Tapper on his new book, “The Outpost”.
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The -- to book good idea for the book came -- in October.
09 my son Jack had just been born -- I was in the recovery room.
Of the -- with my wife and and scrambling you know holding my son and -- -- the quarter -- aren't.
-- -- report on TV about this outpost.
That has been overrun -- an eight science and danced in Afghanistan and 800 been taken the world that are held by noon.
And the more -- heard about this outpost.
Which was put -- located at the bottom of three steep mountains just fourteen miles from the Pakistan border the troops felt that there were sitting ducks.
The more wanted to know about it and I think -- learned the stories of a group.
Heroic battle and how these 53 Americans.
-- back 400 Taliban that day.
And it just became this this project.
I got invested in the other and troops -- sit and think they would call me there was saying you're doing the strip out the battle.
-- -- to get out post in 2006 let me tell you about some of the people I -- -- -- suddenly you're you're doing this -- There was just a little item after -- signed a book contract -- in the in the in the I think -- and Politico short and then.
But other trip started reaching every one of their stories told the stories of their fallen comrades told and -- became.
A whole history of this one days three and a half years and it's kind of a way to understand the war in Afghanistan and understand.
How brave these troops are the sacrifices they -- trust but just instead of looking at the whole war just look at this one little.
Outpost in and the effect it had on the region -- -- and the people who serve poor students should.
I've got to close sort of like could go into the local -- to a forward operating base but ultimately after -- -- it was overrun.
Even after the US beat back the Taliban and the US -- -- in the base and bombed it and basically -- the US does not have much of a preference president and entire province anymore so I could I couldn't get there when I was there the courage.
-- sound patronizing it's not -- at all but to courage all of vol.
Our our our servicemen.
-- is -- sometimes stunning moment.
It's incredible revenue and that I mean the way they -- able to beat back the Taliban even that eight of them died it's amazing that they all didn't considering I mean people think I was the Taliban -- that don't necessarily.
Understand -- -- fierce fighters and so in some cases very very Smart and sophisticated this was an incredible -- One.
Captain who survived intact only -- here -- but it was brilliant they were brilliant.
The way that they went after the Americans in that in that.
That the bottom of the fish ball.
And the way that the Americans beat him back and the way the reason that -- of them died at 88 US soldiers died.
It's because they ran right into -- here and they were all killed all eight dollar that they either trying to save or help.
One and there are Brothers and it's it is incredible home I was interviewing one of those guys was on guard duty yesterday.
I mean he I interviewed him the other day and he was talking about how brave.
His fellow troops sort of he didn't think he would deal to do with dated -- a guy who spent twelve or thirteen hours in a humvee that was being shredded by bullets and rockets and grenades.
And you know.
Obviously performing honorably and courageously.
-- -- Are things that -- -- simply talking about what you did was so -- -- Most people would run into the dining hall hide under the tables.
But they're all pretty humble but what they didn't.
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That a person after person men and women who have lost legs and arms and grievously injured all wanted to go back to either Iraq or Afghanistan not because all the -- it.
They don't think necessarily believed in this slope of that and in humans and in the policy of not states and being there.
But because of their commitment to their children -- fellow servicemen.
And you talk about things -- gotta run and into.
-- through industrial fire there to protect our.
Of this remarkable commitment that -- all everyone else.
It's intruder and and a that's a basis for their.
Willingness to be there are not necessarily because it does affect the idiotic policies of George Bush and others -- Barack Obama's gonna I don't.
The I -- there are troops in the book from the very beginning of the narrative.
We -- doing everything they need to do but have concerns about whether or not they're that the policy makes much sense -- little bit.
Think the campus named after a guy named -- first lieutenant -- Keating from Maine.
Conservative Republican president -- -- -- and Republicans very gotten no.
But enlisted because he was doing something he was -- -- be a senator or president sending troops into battle and -- don't want to make sure he had served as well he hadn't.
Vast misgivings about.
About the fact that other empires had come and Afghanistan.
And fallen right outside.
The combat outpost that ultimately borders name after he died.
Were the hollowed out shell -- A former Soviet personnel carriers can you imagine what it's like to serve and a part of the country where there are.
The mementos of empires past that have fallen in the same area.
But they did their job they -- and -- -- and you talk about people who lost limbs and wanted to go back there are guys in this book who lose blanks.
Who are now back in Afghanistan.
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