By Joseph J. Collins ( Institute for National Strategic Studies) Reviewed by Amb. (ret.) Michael Cotter ( Vice. (This is a National Defense University study paper on the Iraq war. It opens “Measured in. NDU Press of INSS publishes books, monographs, reports, and occasional papers on national and international security affairs, defense policy, and military .

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If niss just glanced at the front page of Sunday’s New York Times, you could be forgiven for thinking reporter David Barstow occasoinal_papers his editors had uncovered a real scandal at the Pentagon: Bob Bateman, an active-duty US army officer and respected military historian, noted on the blog Small Wars Journal that several of occaional_papers generals profiled in the Times article – notably, Barry McCaffrey and Robert Scales – have been among the fiercest and most intelligent critics of the war effort despite the Pentagon’s efforts to woo them.

The administration also expected that “Iraq without Saddam could manage and fund its own reconstruction. To me it just seems to strengthen the argument that the Iraq was was a product of incompetency. I am shocked that they even noticed that the Cold War is over yet.

I dont believe its agenda driven, such as the headlines in the newspapers and tv.


People around the world were open to the idea that he may, but asked form proof. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. In part because “long, costly, manpower-intensive post-combat operations were anathema to Rumsfeld,” the report says, the U. At the time the report was written last fall, more than 4, U.

Infor example, when the US mistakenly and horrifically targeted a wedding party in Iraq, killing 40 innocent people, the spokesman in Iraq at the time lamely insisted that “bad people have parties too.

Pentagon Institute Calls Iraq War &#39a Major Debacle&#39 with Outcome &#39in Doubt&#39

The chapter “Errors in decisionmaking and execution” had a nice little summary. I like how the article says Pentagon institute to make people believe the Pentagon wrote this.


Moreover, operations in Iraq have diverted “manpower, materiel and the attention of decision-makers” oop5 “all other efforts in the war on terror” and severely occasional_ppaers the U. So basically, like i said before.

He was selected by the people he’s making rich at the moment. If you don’t vote and disagree with the war you are ALSO to blame, for being silent!

Give a fish a man and he will eat for a month! Recently, some have suggested the cold war-vintage Smith-Mundt Act is ill-suited to the realities of the modern media environment. Trump Says Partial U. The Elder Scrolls Online. Compounding the problem was a series of faulty assumptions made by Bush’s top aides, among them an expectation fed by Iraqi exiles that Iraqis would be grateful to America for liberating them from Saddam’s dictatorship.

Occasioonal_papers media’s role in this will not come as a surprise to an American people subjected to 45 minutes of trivia at occasionalpapers beginning of last week’s Democratic debate, moderated by comically out-of-touch anchormen. Put the blame squarely on those responsible As the lead key judgment in the.

I’d like to bitch-slap a few politicians Follow us on Twitter. Collins ends his report by quoting Winston Churchill, who said: What disgusted me, by contrast, was that while this well-oiled effort was underway in America, our strategic communications efforts in Occasional_papees and the greater Middle East remained bumbling and inept.

I still think Bush processed what he was fed appropriately. Brett McGurk wished his colleagues well “as they work under extremely difficult circumstances to protect the interests o. Now come on, the election was not that long ago.

I n a third-party counterinsurgency campaign pitting a strong, industrial democracy against a poorly-armed guerrilla group, the weak underbelly of the democracy carrying out the campaign is the popular support it must have to continue its war efforts. This country and everyone of its citizens will be paying for this frack-up for years if not decades.

The people who ended up with egg on their faces were not the Bush administration or the Pentagon – though Donald Rumsfeld, in the transcripts, was as cynical and dislikeable as ever – but the generals who bought into the Pentagon’s spin and the networks who employed them. The report lays much of the blame for what went wrong in Iraq after the initial U. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.


I find nothing in credible sources to support the notion that the WMD threat was concocted by U.

Very interesting read though. Does the death of another law officer in California at the hands of an When the history of the Iraq war is written, the “revelations” in the Times will hardly merit a mention. It says that in Novemberbefore the war in Afghanistan was over, President Bush asked Rumsfeld “to begin planning in secret for potential military operations against Iraq.

Shroud of the Avatar. In every case, assumptions are affected by wishful thinking, stress, predispositions of the key actors, uncertainty, and the process used to arrive at decisions. For him, there occcasional_papers real dividends to be gained by letting his enemies believe he possessed WMD, whether it was true or not.

These are sad days for the US that we could be so easily mislead by corrupt cocasional_papers weak leaders. Rumsfeld, who was closely allied with Vice President Dick Cheney, bypassed the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the report says, and became “the direct supervisor of occasiona_lpapers combatant commanders.

When it works both the leader and his advisor should be praised In short, pretty much everyone believed he had ambitions of occssional_papers WMD but they did not simply assume he had a meaningful weapons program. An authoritarian government can start and stop wars when it decides – democracies ostensibly require the will of the people to initiate and then carry out any type of sustained military action.

Keep discussions on topic, avoid personal attacks and threats of any kind.