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

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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 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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