By Michael R. Gordon
Written via the executive army correspondent of the New York instances and a favourite retired Marine basic, this is often the definitive account of the invasion of Iraq.
A lovely paintings of investigative journalism, Cobra II describes in riveting element how the yank rush to Baghdad supplied the chance for the virulent insurgency that undefined. As Gordon and Trainor convey, the brutal aftermath used to be no longer inevitable and used to be a shock to the generals on each side. according to entry to unseen records and unique interviews with the lads and girls on the middle of the warfare, Cobra II offers firsthand bills of the battling at the flooring and the high-level making plans backstage. Now with a brand new afterword that addresses what transpired after the fateful occasions of the summer time of 2003, this can be a peerless new edition and research of the principal occasion of our times.
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Extra resources for Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
The slices were listed on a horizontal axis and included leadership, internal security, Iraq's presumed WMD sites, Saddam's Republican Guard, his Regular Army, territory, infrastructure, civilian society, and the commercial sector. Those were the things the planners wanted to be able to affect or influence. " These were military capabilities that could be brought to bear on the slices, such as airpower, Special Operations Forces, conventional ground forces, information operations, and civil-military operations.
A Marine Expeditionary Force would have the south. Their job would not only be to dispatch Saddam's Republican Guard but stop Iranian- and Syrian-sponsored groups from sneaking into the country to stir up trouble, maintain law and order, and, in general, prevent chaos. " If the full complement of support troops were sent, the force would be well over 400,000. 6 Nobody knew how long United States forces would need to be in Iraq, so CENTCOM's war planners wrote that the occupation would last as long as ten years.
No policy was set and administration officials continued to pursue their separate agendas. At the State Department, Colin Powell led the effort to narrow and tighten economic sanctions. The new secretary of state's first instinct was to constrain Saddam through diplomatic efforts with allies and leave force as a last resort. At the Pentagon, Wolfowitz's view of Saddam had only darkened over time. The new deputy defense secretary saw Saddam as unchastened by his Gulf War defeat and a supporter of terrorism.