THE STRONGEST TRIBE ~ War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq
Book review and technical detail THE STRONGEST TRIBE ~ War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq Bing West
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|Title||THE STRONGEST TRIBE ~ War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Balanced, across-the-board appraisal of the Iraq War by above Marine and Reagan administering adept West (No True Glory, 2005, etc.), who heralds American soldiers as its unsung heroes amidst the “fog of Washington.”The adventure of the antecedent years, accustomed from added books, is covered expeditiously: America rushed to war in 2003 with bound troops and no postwar plan; proconsul Paul Bremer, amateur and isolated, attenuated the Iraqi army and abandoned Baathists, ambience the date for a Sunni-based insurgency; Admiral Bush remained stubbornly abstract in the details. American troops couldn’t calmly analyze al-Qaeda insurgents who wore noncombatant clothes, the columnist notes; this accustomed al-Qaeda to abet a civilian war by murdering Shiites who again retaliated adjoin the Sunnis. What makes West’s book beginning and agitative is his adeptness to braid calm two anecdotal strands. Compelling, immediate accounts of the war, recorded while anchored with the troops, highlight courage and administration on the battlefield. By contrast, acute cardinal analyses of the war ascertain a axiological bucking amid pre-surge aggressive strategy, aimed at bound transitioning animus administration to base Iraqi armament who wouldn’t do the job, and Bush’s action of acceptable the war by eradicating all insurgents. The columnist is acrimonious at the president’s bookish laziness, which led to Bush recusing himself from aggressive strategy. West additionally demonstrates that, by acceding complete ascendancy to Iraq, the admiral accustomed bigoted Prime Minister Maliki to attenuate the troops’ ascendancy by attention Shiite militias. When Democrats took ascendancy of Congress in 2006, however, Bush assuredly accursed Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, pressured Maliki and launched a billow that partnered American soldiers with bounded populations to eradicate al-Qaeda in a bottoms-up approach, accomplishing a abridgement in violence. West’s absolute appraisal is sobering: America ability accept to break for years to consolidate the surge’s brittle gains; a quick avenue could advance to chaos.A timely, abrupt actual assay that provides accuracy about the difficult choices the abutting admiral faces.
From a universally respected combat journalist, a gripping history based on five years of front-line reporting about how the war was turned around–and the choice now facing America During the fierce battle for Fallujah, Bing West asked an Iraqi colonel why the archterrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had fled in women’s clothes. The colonel pointed to a Marine patrol walking by and said, “Americans are the strongest tribe.” In Iraq, America made mistake after mistake. Many gave up on the war. Then the war took a sharp U-turn. Two generals–David Petraeus and Raymond Odierno–displayed the leadership America expected. Bringing the reader from the White House to the fighting in the streets, this remarkable narrative explains the turnaround by U.S. forces. In the course of fourteen extended trips over five years, West embedded with more than sixty front-line units, discussing strategy with generals and tactics with corporals. He provides an expert’s account of counterinsurgency, disposing of myths. By describing the characters and combat in city after city, West gives the reader an in-depth understanding that will inform the debate about the war. This is the definitive study of how American soldiers actually fought –a gripping and visceral book that changes the way we think about the war, and essential reading for understanding the next critical steps to be taken.Praise for The Strongest Tribe:"Balanced, panoramic assessment of the Iraq War by former Marine and Reagan administration veteran West (No True Glory, 2005, etc.), who heralds American soldiers as its unsung heroes amid the “fog of Washington”. . .A timely, eye-opening historical analysis that provides clarity around the difficult choices the next president faces." --Kirkus (starred review)"In this important new chronicle of the war in Iraq, Bing West reveals how America reached the brink of defeat in 2006 and then managed in 2007 to stage a stunning turnaround. With its vivid, on-the-ground reporting, his book is a fitting tribute to the honor, valor, and toughness of our soldiers. Notwithstanding numerous mistakes by their leaders, West shows that their sacrifices have made success possible--as long we do not withdraw prematurely." --Senator John S. McCain“Sometimes the best way to support the troops is to criticize the generals. Bing West does both well in this book, showing a sympathy for our soldiers and Marines, but also a great ear for military truth and a determination to render events accurately. This is his third and most important book about the Iraq war. Read it.”-- Thomas E. Ricks, author of FIASCO: The American Military Adventure in Iraq “A brilliant exposition. Based on extensive experience in the war zone, Bing West recounts how Soldiers and Marines showed the President and the Pentagon the way to solve the Iraq insurgency problem. Echoing the admonition that "all politics are local", The Strongest Tribe convincingly argues that it was a grass roots strategy developed by on-scene officers who forged ties at the tribal level that brought stability to Iraq's turbulent Anbar Province and provided hope for all Iraq.” -- Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor USMC (Ret.) Co-author of The Generals' War and COBRA II: The Inside Story of the Invation and Occupation of Iraq“Some four decades ago I told Bing West that his book, the Village, would become a classic in counterinsurgency warfare. And so it did. "The Strongest Tribe" will surely be West's second classic - a moving and detailed account of almost six years of war in Iraq.” - Dr. James R. Schlesinger, Director of Central Intelligence Agency, Nixon administration; Secretary of Defense, Ford administration; Chairman, The Mitre Corporation
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