[The Gamble General David Petraeus the American Military Adventure in Ira 2006 08] E–pub ñ Thomas E. Ricks
characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Thomas E. RicksIf you started a war the wrong way you should not end it the wrong wayFrom 2003 to 2007 the US found itself in a hellish bind in Ira a country it sought to liberate from Saddam Hussein and turn into a democracy and find those non existent WMDs but esulted only in a de facto civil war between the different ethnic factions in the country and the entry of Al aeda Suicide bombings by Sunni Al aeda massacres by Shias improvised explosive devices against Coalition forces the death toll on all sides Кракатит rising in staggering figures the country destroying itselfBeginning in 2005 the awfuleality of what was going on in Ira finally brought back sense to the planners and decision makers in the US political leadership and the military These people including military officers who were never enthusiastic of the war to begin with Werewolf: The Apocalypse rebelled against the orthodox thinking in Washington They immediatelyecognized that an insurgency existed in Ira and so drew on classic counter insurgency doctrine to fight it and Das überforderte Gehirn: Mit Steinzeitwerkzeug in der Hightech-Welt restore the strategic initiative to the Coalition and lessen the violenceFirst and foremost Protect the people Protect the population It is so obvious one wonders why the US military did not do it at the beginning of the war Instead of mingling with the people to protect them from attacks most of the US military holed themselves inside big bases outside towns and cities only venturing out to do someoutine patrols
In Convoys That Rushconvoys that ush these population centers The esult a force that appeared scared and detached from the situation on the ground and endered irrelevant as terrorists wreaked havoc across Ira Situation awareness almost nilAnd it worked Violence went down with casualties along with it Ira looked down the edge of the cliff looked down and said NahHowever successful the change in US strategy might have been it
fell short that is because successful the change in US strategy might have been it still fell short And that is because invasion of Ira was just a pretext for exerting US hegemony in the world with devastating conseuences for the egion Thomas Ricks is no fan of President Bush s invasion of Ira and has called it the greatest foreign policy disaster in US history He detailed the un up to war and the first few years in Fiasco and has now written about the huge change in strategy and tactics that occurred with the surgeHe details how classic counterinsurgency theory holds that people are the objective so the task is to figure out how to win them And he uotes Col HR McMaster as saying Every time you treat an Irai disrespectfully you are working for the enemy And according to Ricks this was ampantAnd the levels of violence were high By mid 2006 insurgents were detonating about 1000 oadside bombs per week and Iranian made explosively formed projectiles caused an estimated 73% of US casualties in 2007 But the US was holding to the same course of action and Ricks believes the bottleneck was at the top of the Pentagon with Rumsfeld He continued to support passing esponsibility to Irai forces. The Gamble tells the gripping story of how in the Ira War's darkest hour an unlikely collection of dissident generals scholars and foreign experts pulled the country back from the edge of the aby. Against the evidence of sectarian militia members in those forces In September of 2006 Chicken Licken retired General Jack Keane told Rumsfeld Despite capturing Saddam Hussein killing his two sons holding three elections writing a constitution installing a permanent government beginning to develop a capable ISF killing Zarawi the level of violence has increased every year in the contested areas Security and stability is worse today than it has been since the insurgency started It threatens the survival of the government and the success of our missionA few months later military historian Eliot Cohen pointed out to Bush that not a single general had beenemoved for ineffectiveness In short under Rumsfeld s watch we were toostill fell short
Respectful To Our Generals Into our generals In War II George Marshall fired several dozen senior generals and during the war 17 division commanders were elieved So the story of how many men led by Generals Petraeus Keane and Odierno came to change the face of war in Ira is told They looked at how to match your policies with your esources and in a memo to Petraus Maj Gen Fastabend wrote If this is the decisive struggle of our time be decisive Something that the military structure had lacked since the war planning stageThe goal in Ira became sustainable security and as strategic analyst Steven Metz said We can t have stability and democratization because democratization is often destabilizing and chaotic This is the story how adapting to new strategies and tactics on the battlefield changed the course of this war According to Ricks the best case is Ira will calm down be mildly authoritarian and probably become an ally of Iran But he cautions we won t know the true outcome for decadesOne of the problems with books by Ricks is there is such a huge
of characters it is difficult to keep the players straight and how much importance to put on them individually because they might just be a day player in this drama But it is worth the effort to be this well informed The best book I ve Mindfulness for Black Dogs Blue Days: Finding a Path Through Depression read so far on the conflicts in Ira I thought about giving this 5 stars but the last 30 pages or so has Ricks trying to guess where this is all going Nothing wrong with that since the situation in Ira is ongoing and is now our longest war but at that point it moves from history toward crystal ball gazing But in this case it s very informed crystal ball gazing General Petraeus the focus of much of book comes across as one of theare transformative figures that come along every once in a while in history He understands the conflict and how to FIGHT IT BUT AT SOME POINT POLITICS WILL TAKE it But at some point politics will take and what is now considered a tactical success the Surge could collapse due to the politics surrounding the US Ira Iran etc I was somewhat surprised that Petraeus was trying so hard to get the Army to move in the direction of Counterinsurgency I kept asking myself whether we had learned anything from Vietnam Ricks points out about midway through the book that. Ss and saved countless lives This was 'the surge' and at its helm was General David Petraeus now acknowledged as one of the greatest military tacticians in US history Based on unprecedented acces. The Ira invasion with its emphasis on Blitzkrieg may have been a swan song for that particular style of fighting I m not sure I buy that but he makes a good case for it As not sure I buy that but he makes a good case for it As as the invasion itself Ricks thinks that in itself may damn the Surge It was a bad decision not thought throughcast of characters
And Fought Stupidly For Severalfought stupidly for several Ricks also doesn t think too much of Rumsfield who comes across as the Wrong Man in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time His eplacement Gates is a vast improvement So much so that one can see why Obama decided to The Deadly Art of Love and Murder retain him A great book that I highlyecommend The Gamble General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Ira 2006 2008 audiobook Insight from a General s perspective interesting and comprehensive what stood out for was one of his change in tactics seems fairly basic but treat all civilians like human beings crowd out the space given to extremists and then negotiating a certain level of peace with the factions that can be changed but overall there eally are no winners in war everybody looses but what is worse is good people standing by and letting evil continue big ups to General Peraeus and his means of achieving certain objectives not all peaceful I learnt a little how a top level warrior thinks This book is a great work on the surge and the magnificent job done by the US military in Ira from late 2006 to late 2008 as this book came out I admit I am not a fan of Rick s way of thinking on matters of foreign policy and especially I dont like his liberal bias Why would one uin a good book by showing his liberal bias Mocking the president or vice president why Can t you just The London Marathon report what has happened without commentary of your own There are dozens of this bias through out the book but I just want to point to two of them as examples and how he is wrong 1 on pg 76 he claims the fall of Saigon in south Vietnam did not make the domino effect happen Only to contradict himself a paragraph down the page saying except for those ine education camps in Laos and Cambodia and Vietnam So he admits to domino effect being taken place 2 On page 102 he mocks Pres Bush in hit a new low statement he makes Hit a new low in whose eyes a liberal like Ricks or me and other Bush supporters Of course Bush was never high in the eyes of people like Mr Ricks Again I am saying this is a good book and worth RSPB Pocket Garden Birdwatch reading but the liberal bias in it is overbearing and makes the book appear as a work of a partisan hack All those praise for Sen Webb for what How is heelated to the surge and Ira The Courtship Maneuver (The Alpha Billionaire Club - Book 2) reporting When he praises Bob Gates and scold Bush and Cheney for their disdain of the government he is misguided Bush and Cheney are not disdainful of the outstanding careerists like Secretary of Defense Gates but I assume they are disdainful of theeach of a big government I think the author has his own priorities wrong in this book It is one thing to hate Bush and another to insert bias in a work of journalistic nature. S to the entire chain of army command at the top and fighting on the ground this is the definitive account of one of America's biggest ever military gambles and what it means for the future of Ir.
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