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Fiasco Although there is lots of detail provided in this aptly titled book about the fiasco that has been the US adventure in Iraq, that isn t really the main point of this book or the reason why anyone should read it It is also not the main lesson to be gained from reading it This book is,than anything else, an extended meditation on the central importance that military strategy ought to have played in the preparations, execution and most importantly the peace that was to have followed the Although there is lots of detail provided in this aptly titled book about the fiasco that has been the US adventure in Iraq, that isn t really the main point of this book or the reason why anyone should read it It is also not the main lesson to be gained from reading it This book is,than anything else, an extended meditation on the central importance that military strategy ought to have played in the preparations, execution and most importantly the peace that was to have followed the invasion of Iraq To make this plain, early in the book an important definition is providedstrategy That is a grand sounding word, and it is frequently misused by laymen as a synonym for tactics In Retrospective on another important book published some years ago on Iraq How has the work held up Thomas Ricks book, Fiasco, was part of an increasing body of literature, featuringandbooks based on the words and experiences of insiders, government and military officials talking after the fact, raising questions about the wisdom of the original decision to invade Iraq and the occupation and nation building efforts thereafter This work and others as well raises important questio Retrospective on another important book published some years ago on Iraq How has the work held up Thomas Ricks book, Fiasco, was part of an increasing body of literature, featuringandbooks based on the words and experiences of insiders, government and military officials talking after the fact, raising questions about the wisdom of the original decision to invade Iraq and the occupation and nation building efforts thereafter This work and others as well raises important questions about the extent to which the American effort to create democratic nation building When Fiasco first came out naturally there were many opinions on it, ranging from fantastic to trash I kept some of the bad reviews I d seen and heard in mind as I read this book, trying to look for evidence to prove those bad reviews were well founded Frankly, I didn t find any such evidence Two things come to mind here Firstly, in one community online that I peek into now and then I skimmed over a discussion on the boards about it a few months ago One person argued the title of the bo When Fiasco first came out naturally there were many opinions on it, ranging from fantastic to trash I kept some of the bad reviews I d seen and heard in mind as I read this book, trying to look for evidence to prove those bad reviews were well founded Frankly, I didn t find any such evidence Two things come to mind here Firstly, in one community online that I peek into now and then I skimmed over a discussion on the boards about it a few months ago One person argued the title of the book, stating it was unfair to judge this war by such a title a fiasco until the war had come to a close and we had all evidence to judge by Something about that statement didn t quite sit well with me, but I thought sure there might be a valid point t This is the definitive book on the Iraq War to date It provides ample evidence that the G.W Bush regime, along with the Pentagon and the CIA, made a false casus belli for war with Iraq, keenly anticipating an easy victory with Iraqis greeting American soldiers with garlands of flowers as liberators That, alas, was not to be Further, what was galling was that the U.S had absolutely NO comprehesive plan or set of plans for rebuilding the Iraqi economy and re establishing basic services fo This is the definitive book on the Iraq War to date It provides ample evidence that the G.W Bush regime, along with the Pentagon and the CIA, made a false casus belli for war with Iraq, keenly anticipating an easy victory with Iraqis greeting American soldiers with garlands of flowers as liberators That, alas, was not to be Further, what was galling was that the U.S had absolutely NO comprehesive plan or set of plans fo Touted by John McCain and others as the definitive Iraq War book, Fiasco gives a detailed blow by blow account of the U.S 2003 invasion of Iraq Writing as objectively as possible, Ricks nevertheless gives a scathing account of the mismanagement of the war by Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Bremer, Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, and the fiasco s chief architects.The book is fascinating on many levels showing where people went wrong not only tactically but also ideologically Interestingly, the only person w Touted by John McCain and others as the definitive Iraq War book, Fiasco gives a detailed blow by blow account of the U.S 2003 invasion of Iraq Writing as objectively as possible, Ricks nevertheless gives a scathing account of the mismanagement of the war by Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Bremer, Paul I had initially read the audio book of Ricks follow up to this book, The Gamble, and was impressed enough to get the print version of Fiasco It did not disappoint as a book, even if it highlighted the problems with the current Iraq War.Ricks is a very fair judge He speaks well of many of the fine commanders on the ground, men like Gen David Petreaus, who are doing the best with what they have He faults, primarily, the dual response from Washington, both civilian and some military, to se I had initially read the audio book of Ricks follow up to this book, The Gamble, and was impressed enough to get the print version of Fiasco It did not disappoint as a book, even if it highlighted the problems with the current Iraq War.Ricks is a very fair judge He speaks well of many of the fine commanders on the ground, men like Gen David Petreaus, who are doing the best with what they have He faults, primarily, the dual response from Washington, both civilian and some military, to see a worst case scenario as a reason to go into Iraq in the first place while counting on a best case sc I ve always enjoyed Thomas Ricks reporting in WaPo, WSJ, etc as well as his earlier book Making the Corps What I appreciated most about Fiasco was its crisp prose and simple level headedness In that, Fiasco confirmed a belief that I have slowly been coming to, that even after we invaded Iraq, it still really might have been ok not good, necessarily, but ok But we blew opportunity after opportunity to do the right thing, and it really is unredeemable now The thing that weirds me out the m I ve always enjoyed Thomas Ricks reporting in WaPo, WSJ, etc as well as his earlier book Making the Corps What I appreciated most about Fiasco was its crisp prose and simple level headedness In that, Fiasco confirmed a belief that I have slowly been coming to, that even after we invaded Iraq, it still really might have been ok not good, necessarily, but ok But we blew opportunity after opportunity to do the right thing, and it really is unredeemable now The thing that weirds me out the most, though Realizing how much of this basic narrative was available to me while I was neck deep in grad school Granted, I was a military history freak in jr high and high school and still read the news avidl Critically important but very difficult book to read As one who long supported Iraq II to read such a thorough evisceration of the justification and strategic prosecution of the war was, frankly, heart rending There were errors of negligence, bull headed ness, stress at every level There are two hopeful elements, first I learned of this book because it is being taught as part of the curriculum at West Point This demo From The Washington Post S Two Time Pulitzer Winning Senior Pentagon Reporter, The Definitive Military Chronicle Of The Iraq War And A Searing Judgment Of Its Gross Strategic Blindness Drawing On The Accounts Of Senior Military Officers Giving Voice To Their Anger For The First Time Unabridged CDs 20 CDs, 24 Hours An excellent, clear sighted, and well named review of the numerous and heretofore less well known derelictions which contributed so much to the conflict in Iraq As readers of the Washington Post like me know well, Mr Ricks writes wit

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