Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

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Penguin, 2006 - History - 482 pages
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The American military is a tightly sealed community, and few outsiders have reason to know that a great many senior officers view the Iraq war with incredulity and dismay. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in 'Fiasco', Ricks combines these astonishing on-the-record military accounts with his own extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to create a spellbinding account of an epic disaster. As many in the military publicly acknowledge here for the first time, the guerrilla insurgency that exploded several months after Saddam's fall was not foreordained. In fact, to a shocking degree, it was created by the folly of the war's architects. But the officers who did raise their voices against the miscalculations, shortsightedness, and general failure of the war effort were generally crushed, their careers often ended. A willful blindness gripped political and military leaders, and dissent was not tolerated.
 

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Fiasco

User Review  - millhouse - Borders

I hope children and adults are not using this book for facts about the Iraq war. This book is an opinion of one writer. I believe President Bush will go down as one of the best presdients' in our ... Read full review

FIASCO

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FIASCO is an excellent summary of the prewar planning the excution of the Irag War and the inadequacy in the planning of the postwar phase by the Bush Administration thus far based on the ... Read full review

Contents

A Bad Ending
3
Containment and Its Discontents
12
The Aftermath of 911
35
The War of Words
46
The Runup
58
The Silence of the Lambs
85
PART 11
87
INTO IRAQ
106
The Descent into Abuse
270
The Army of the Euphrates Takes Stock
301
The Marine Corps Files a Dissent
311
The Surprise
321
The Price Paid
363
The Corrections
374
Turnover
390
Too Little Too Late?
413

Winning a Battle
115
How to Create an Insurgency I
149
Cant Produce Anything
203
Getting Tough
214
Betting Against History
430
Notes
441
Acknowledgments
463
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About the author (2006)

Thomas E. Ricks is an adviser on national security at the New America Foundation, where he participates in its “Future of War” project. He was previously a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and is a contributing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, for which he writes the prizewinning blog The Best Defense. Ricks covered the U.S. military for The Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. Until the end of 1999 he had the same beat at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he covered U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of several books, including The Generals, The Gamble, and the number one New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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