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Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    dont read this


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2007

    A Must Have

    This book explains in great detail all the forces that went into the Iraqi war, both political and militarily. It also gives good insight on how Iraq's government and military anticipated and responded to the American-led invasion. Though most of this book consists of the soldier's perspective, it delves into some very interesting administrative actions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2006

    Iraq from the Soldier's Point of View

    Once the reader gets used to military-speak (rank, divisions, weapons, kinds of helicopters, special forces will confuse the non-military reader), this book is a reliable account of the Iraq war from the soldier's point of view. Despite bad intelligence, Rumsfeld's micromanagement of the war, wishful thinking on the administration's part, a battle plan for the wrong kind of war (actually an asymmetrical war fought with guerrilla tactics on the Iraqi side), one has to come away with admiration for the individual soldier and marine. They endure hardship hard to imagine from the civilian point of view.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2006

    Very Good

    This is a very insightful book and greatly needed due to the media's pathetic, manipulative and liberal reporting of the post-war efforts in Iraq.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2006

    Useful account of the US war against Iraq

    This friendly account of the US attack on Iraq is by Michael Gordon, an American journalist embedded with the US forces, and US General Bernard Trainor. It presents ¿an inside look at how a military campaign that was so successful in toppling Saddam Hussein¿s regime set the conditions for the insurgency that followed.¿ General Franks, the commander of the US forces, predicted that they would be in Baghdad in two weeks, but unexpectedly fierce resistance, command failures and logistical problems all stalled the attack. The authors conclude that the USA fought the wrong war. Bush and Blair told us that it would be a repeat of World War Two. But, as the authors point out, ¿The Iraq War was a war of choice, not necessity.¿ This was no war of self-defence, but an illegal colonial war of aggression. It was not a war against a regime and its army, but against `the Iraqi people themselves¿. From day one, the invading forces faced `determined fighters employing guerrilla tactics¿, but the US command failed to adapt to this. The authors write, ¿There were indications from the first days of the invasion of the insurgency and guerrilla tactics to come, but they were ignored at the highest levels in Washington and at the Central Command. ¿ A journey through the war¿s hidden history demonstrates why American and allied forces are still at risk in a war the president declared all but won on May 1, 2003.¿ The US command placed too much reliance on technology - its hi-tec reconnaissance, surveillance and communications systems and its precision weaponry ¿ which certainly enabled the rapid advance to Baghdad and the infliction of huge numbers of casualties with relatively light US losses. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld had claimed that with `military transformation¿ US forces would have perfect intelligence on the enemy. But, as the authors note, ¿on the battlefield in Iraq the theory was not up to the challenge.¿ Also, the US special operations and intelligence efforts were ineffective: the CIA had predicted mass capitulation and a pro-US Shia uprising. Rumsfeld said it was ludicrous to think that it would take more troops to secure the peace than to win the war he counted on Iraqi troops to help run the occupation and he thought the occupation would last three months. But more troops are always needed to control cities than countryside and Iraq is 75% urbanised, compared with Bosnia and Kosovo¿s 50% and Afghanistan¿s 18%. The smaller the occupying force, the higher the civilian casualties, because smaller forces rely more on firepower, to make up for their lack of manpower. The occupying forces proved too small to seal Iraq¿s borders or guard its munitions or establish security or detain prisoners properly or rebuild Iraq or enforce democracy. This is not to argue for more troops ¿ the USA has not got them anyway and has no allies to provide them, apart from the ever-servile Labour government ¿ but to point out that the occupation has no chance of rebuilding Iraq or of establishing democracy: the USA¿s stated aims are impossible to achieve. So all the talk about planting democracy in Iraq and the Middle East was just to fool liberals into backing the war. The occupation has brought increased crime, massive looting, 60% unemployment, increased child mortality, undrinkable water and intermittent electrical power. US policy has widened sectarian strife: it discriminated against Sunni Muslims, but then, to stop Shia Muslim candidates winning the promised local elections, it aborted the elections, thus alienating the Shia too. The invasion and occupation followed the advice that US General Charles Horner gave to Franks: ¿In the end, if we are going to lead then we must be considered the madmen of the world, capable of any action, willing to risk any thing to achieve our national interests. ¿ If we are to achieve noble purposes we must be prepared to act in the most ignoble manner.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    The definitive report on the war in Iraq

    Discussion of the Iraq War focuses as much on politics as on combat, and the debate about its management will continue for decades. This contentious global event mixes bad intelligence, bad politics, bad planning, huge antagonistic personalities and a smattering of good intentions. Authors Michael R. Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor describe the power and limitations of new technologies, and detail the war's history, battles and personalities. Their gripping battle accounts have the power of a war novel. The Iraq conflict suffered from the fog of war that plagued almost every other modern clash, so discerning clear policy motives is difficult. Few heroes emerged from the halls of adminstration, where leaders bitterly disagreed with each other and with many in the outside world. Understanding this complex global event requires mastering many social and economic forces. We find that this large, well-researched volume is ¿ so far ¿ the indispensable, definitive source on the Iraq War.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2006

    One sided and misleading

    As an ex-military officer who was involved in the invasion of Iraq, I found the book to be frusterating and misleading. The author comes up with false assumptions based on manipulating the facts. He rightfully gives credit to the Army and Marines for their work but repeatedly (and wrongfully) criticizes the Air Force and CIA while giving a lukewarm picture of SOF forces. He also favors tales regarding the 'action packed adventures' of the 3rd ID but only touches on the mistakes made in Iraq (which is supposed to be the main point of the book).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2006

    Very useful book for a general public

    Through documents and multiple interviews, the authors have meticulously traced the events of Iraq war up to ~ 6 months post-invasion. The book gives a very interesting insight how the US fight wars today : from the stategic decision-making to the tactics of street battles. I am completely ignorant in the military affaires, and the book will probably tell much more to someone with military experience, but I found the narration captivating and easy to understand nevertheless. IMHO, the book successfully avoids slipping into the Bush/Rumsfield-bashing or Bush/Rumsfield-applause. It only tries to tell the story. So if you just want an echo for your views on the war and Bush ( whatever they are), read something else. Otherwise, this book helps to understand a lot about this war .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    THE historical account of the Iraq War so far

    I enjoyed how the authors portrayed the processes which national policymakers and military officials went through in the lead up to the Iraq War and this book definentely provided me with expanded insight into the conduct of the actual invasion and the post-war rebuilding of the Iraqi nation. It is a great indepth historical account of the Iraq War and it is my belief that it is thus far the defining piece of literature on the war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    This cuts through the fog of this war.

    Once you drive by all of the hype that went into the start of this war, you end up in a place of confusion. Why exactly are we in this incredible ocean of quicksand? When all of the spinning stops you realize that it was done on a wing and a prayer. Removing Hussein was surely a laudable goal and the authors don't forget to remind you of this fact. Nevertheless, when you pull back the curtain, what you see is not so much a well-considered strategy but a belief system that pushed to the side more level headed voices. Finally, the true believers will feel weak to admit failure and so they don't as a result, we are all locked into a kind of Groundhog Day in Iraq -- every day going forward looks like the same violent day repeated over and over with no visible way out. No light at the end of this tunnel. Those on both sides of the issue will indeed find this book informative beyond the chattering classes that populate the TV screens and obscure the truth. This cuts through the fog of this war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2006

    Top/Current Nonfiction Subjects: Iraq and Outsourcing

    When you finish this book you will be both proud and ashamed of the people who are in high positions in our government, particularly those whom you trusted. Gordon has written an exciting and historical book about the Iraqi war which details the planning (or lack of),execution and post-invasion of the military effort. Very moving and enlightening. I also recommend highly Friedman's THE WORLD IS FLAT, and a great follow-up book, THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING by Brown & Wilson. You will be smarter and more prepared for reading these books.

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