LIEUTENANT GENERAL MIKE DELONG, USMC, RET.
Lieutenant General DeLong has led a distinguished, 36-year military career, most recently serving as the Deputy Commander, United States Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. As Second-in-Command, Lieutenant General DeLong managed an $8.2 billion operating budget and directed a team of senior executive officers with a staff of over 3,000 personnel who conceived and implemented the Global War on Terrorism, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has commanded at all levels, directing large forces of U.S. Marines and aircraft.
His principal staff assignments included Officer-in-Charge, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific Command Center; Intelligence Requirements Officer, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific; Aide de Camp to the Deputy Commander, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific; Arms Control/Strategic Weapons Action Officer in the Strategic Requirements Branch of the Plans Division, Headquarters Marine Corps; and the Director for Joint Training (J-7) and Director of Joint Training Analyses and Simulation Center, U.S. Atlantic Command. Lieutenant General DeLong's professional education includes the Basic School, Naval Flight School, Amphibious Warfare School, Defense Intelligence School, Armed Forces Staff College, Army War College and a Defense Department fellowship at the Brookings Institute.
Lieutenant General DeLong's personal decorations include: two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross, two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Flight Strike Numerals 69, Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. General DeLong has logged more than 5,600 flight hours in all models of aircraft and more than 800 combat hours.
Lieutenant General DeLong holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Management from Central Michigan University and an honorary Doctorate in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College in Anacostia, Maryland. Lieutenant General DeLong graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering.
Inside Bush and Rumsfeld's Wars: My View from Central Commandby Lt. General Michael Delong, USMC, Noah Lukeman
These questions and more have been burning in the minds of Americans
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What really happened at the highest levels of the administration during September 11, and through the Iraq and Afghan wars? What was it like to work with Rumsfeld on a daily basis? Could September 11 have been prevented? Were we right to attack Iraq? What really happened behind the scenes?
These questions and more have been burning in the minds of Americans and the world. For answers, they have turned to Bob Woodward, Richard Clarke and Michael Moore. It’s time that they turned to someone who really knows, someone who was truly on the inside, who was an active participant (unlike them) in the most sensitive, classified meetings with Bush, Rumsfeld, Tenet, and countless others.
This source is three star General Mike DeLong, USMC, retired, who was the #2 General at CENTCOM and General Tommy Franks’ right-hand man. From the bombing of the U.S.S Cole through the fall of Baghdad, General DeLong was an active participant in planning and executing the military response. General DeLong is the only other high-ranking General (aside from General Franks) from that time period in a position to offer more insider information than others.
This book offers what other books cannot: a military overview of what really took place during this critical time period. It reveals the inner workings within the halls of power, where life-and-death decisions were made without the benefit of hindsight. Its story is one of a kind, and DeLong tells it in a manner typical of a three-star general in the U.S. Marine Corps: directly, honestly and definitively.
This book stands alone as the definitive military account of what occurred behind the scenes of our country at war.
--The New York Post
"An important [book]."
--The Washington Times
"Truly an insider's view."
--General Joseph Hoar USMC ret, former Commander of CENTCOM
"The most authoritative look inside the wars."
--Human Events Online
"Explosive. A superb first draft of history.”
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