The Military Error
Baghdad and Beyond in America's War of Choice
Paperback ISBN: 159017299x
Why did George W. Bush invade Iraq? What were the real motives, the overarching policy decisions that drove events from September 11 until the war began?To a large extent, we still don’t know. But by now we do know in some detail, as Thomas Powers carefully explains in the essays collected here, how the administration made its case for war, using faulty intelligence to argue that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and posed a mounting threat to the Middle East. Once Iraq was occupied and the weapons turned out not to exist, the case for war seemed to disappear as well. Bit by bit the evidence–the documents suggesting that Iraq was trying to buy yellowcake uranium in Niger, the aluminum tubes that the United States claimed were meant for uranium enrichment, the Iraqi defector code-named Curveball who claimed Saddam had mobile biological weapons labs–has been exposed as unreliable, misinterpreted, “cherry-picked,” exaggerated, or just fake.But as faulty as the intelligence was, it was always only a pretext, a way of persuading Congress, America, and the world to support a war that President Bush had already decided to wage. The real question remains: Why did Bush insist on a war of choice, refusing to accept any solution short of an American occupation of Iraq? The answers Powers proposes to that question, which assess the Iraq invasion as an insistence on responding to political and cultural conflicts with military action, suggest an overarching failure of American policy in the region that, as long as it remains insufficiently understood and publicly debated, will make it difficult for any president to change course.No one is better prepared than Powers to evaluate the way the Bush administration used intelligence to make its case for war, used the CIA for political ends, and used arguments of secrecy to advance both its geopolitical agenda and its claims for executive power. But beyond the now-familiar stories of nonexistent WMDs, The Military Error proposes a new, deeper analysis of the error of using military force, which has succeeded primarily in generating opposition and increasing resistance to American aims. America went into Iraq full of bright hopes and confident ideas, but Powers argues that those ideas, based on the ability of force to solve problems, defeat opponents, and make friends, were largely illusions. Such illusions, as we learned at great cost in Vietnam, die hard, but we can make decisions about our future role in Iraq only by understanding the errors that got us embroiled there in the first place.
Crimes of War
Paperback ISBN: 1560258039
An independent commission looking into American war crimes committed during the war in Iraq contends that the war is not being fought in accordance with international standards of law, in an account that draws on documentation by scholars, journalists, Iraqis, and soldiers to reveal both illegal actions and address the legality of the war itself. Original.
Cradle of Conflict
Iraq And the Birth of Modern U.S. Military Power
Hardcover ISBN: 1591144442
Knights (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) offers a detailed military narrative of America's struggle against Iraq's Baathists between 1990 and 2005, which sets the stage for his critique of US military power in the region and the asymmetric resistance capabilities of US adversaries. Drawing on interviews with American military and political decision makers, he provides information on political-military and military-technical aspects of the conflict that has not been released before, including the first unclassified account of operations such as Desert Storm and Southern Focus. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From Storm to Freedom
American's Long War With Iraq
Hardcover ISBN: 1591140188
Covering both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom as two campaigns within a single conflict, the author analyzes the interaction between Iraq and the United States and the crucial decisions that determined the course of the war. By the author of Fighting for Fallujah.
The Good Soldiers
Paperback ISBN: 0312430027
It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it the surge. “Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences,” he told a skeptical nation. Among those listening were the young, optimistic army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers. About to head to a vicious area of Baghdad, they decided the difference would be them. Fifteen months later, the soldiers returned home forever changed. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter David Finkel was with them in Bagdad, and almost every grueling step of the way. What was the true story of the surge? And was it really a success? Those are the questions he grapples with in his remarkable report from the front lines. Combining the action of Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down with the literary brio of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, The Good Soldiers is an unforgettable work of reportage. And in telling the story of these good soldiers, the heroes and the ruined, David Finkel has also produced an eternal tale—not just of the Iraq War, but of all wars, for all time.
Iraq and Back
Inside the War to Win the Peace
Paperback ISBN: 1591146496
A retired U.S. Air Force Colonel provides her first-hand account of the effort to rebuild Iraq and describes the political, military and economic issues that made their mission to reconstruct infrastructure, provide humanitarian assistance and foster democracy nearly impossible. Original.
In the Gray Area
A Marine Advisor Team at War
Hardcover ISBN: 1591142814
The award-winning author of The Highway War and the leader of a U.S. Marine Corps advisor team embedded with an Iraqi army infantry battalion beginning in 2008 frankly addresses the realities of that mission and reflects on challenges the Marines and their Iraqi counterparts faced in their struggle to gain control of al-Anbar province.
The Mother of All Battles
Saddam Hussein's Strategic Plan for the Persian Gulf War
Paperback ISBN: 1591149428
Events in this story of the "Mother of All Battles," as Saddam designated the 1991 war, are drawn from primary Iraqi sources, including government documents, video and audiotapes, maps, and photographs captured by U.S. forces in 2003 from the regime's archives and never intended for outsiders' eyes. The book is part of an official U.S. Joint Forces Command research project to examine contemporary warfare from the point of view of the adversary's archives and senior leader interviews. Its purpose is to stimulate thoughtful analyses of currently accepted lessons of the first Gulf War. While not a comprehensive history, the author's balanced Iraqi perspective of events between 1990 and 1991 takes full advantage of his unique access to material. The result is a completely unknown but fully documented view from the other side.
A Disappearance in Damascus
Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War
Hardcover ISBN: 1250147875
Winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction Longlisted for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction In the midst of an unfolding international crisis, renowned war reporter Deborah Campbell finds herself swept up in the mysterious disappearance of Ahlam, her guide and friend. Campbell’s frank, personal account of a journey through fear and the triumph of friendship and courage is as riveting as it is illuminating. The story begins in 2007 when Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus to report on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. There she meets and hires Ahlam, a refugee working as a “fixer
Nights in the Pink Motel
An American Strategist's Pursuit of Peace in Iraq
Hardcover ISBN: 1591142253
Upon becoming Ambassador to Iraq in June of 2004, John Negroponte tapped Robert Earle to assist him and General George Casey in formulating strategy towards the growing anti-occupation insurgency. While there he also was asked by Negroponte to write a letter to President Bush explaining the failures of US policy and alternative approaches and by General Casey to assess the possible outcomes of the pending January 2005 elections, tasks he conducted while ensconced in one of Saddam Hussein's former presidential palaces in the Green Zone (dubbed the "Pink Motel"). In this memoir, Earle recalls his Iraq experiences, focusing on particular on the issues of strategy that he spent his time working on. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)