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Monday, May 30, 2016

The Gamble


Not that anyone really wants to relive the invasion of  Iraq but if you missed the part about how it all went even more wrong after the initial misjudgment of doing it in the first place, Thomas E. Rick's #1 New York Times bestseller Fiasco says it all in the title.   

Next came his  book The Gamble which is the definitive account of the insurgency within the U.S. military that led to a radical shift in America's strategy. Based on unprecedented real-time access to the military's entire chain of command, Ricks examines the events that took place as the military was forced to reckon with itself, the surge was launched, and a very different war began. His stunning conclusion, stated in the last line of the book, is that "the events for which the Iraq war will be remembered probably have not yet happened."

This accurate prediction is evidenced in the  horrors emanating today in the daily news from the Middle East. When it comes to military matters Mr. Ricks is as good as it gets for journalism and analysis. He clearly shows us in these two books the devastating consequences of an ill- conceived and ill-planned war….

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11 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

It sounds like the consequences are great.

Arkansas Patti said...

Probably a good view to explore.

Out on the prairie said...

Sound very interesting. Spent the weekend with military history buffs.Got a whole list to examine.

Red said...

I will look for this book. I think there's much more to tell about the mistakes made by fighting this war. There's still more to say about viet nam.

Im Downtown said...

I'm always looking for a good summer read. Catch you again soon - Jane

Stacy said...

Sounds good. And very unsettling.

Sarah Laurence said...

Can I hope for the day when war will be distant history? The world has changed so much in this century.

NCmountainwoman said...

I thought Fiasco was so well written and informative. And frightening. Nice review.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Hubby might like this, except he only reads ancient wars!!!!
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Bubba Muntzer said...

Thanks for a compelling review, Sr T. I forwarded it to Miss Bomb First Ask Questions Later. I hope she reads it before she takes office. I hope she waits until she takes office to start bombing.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Sounds like an interesting read sir...war is hell