Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize One of the Washington Post Book World’s 10 Best Books of the Year One of Time’s 10 Best Books of the Year USA Today’s. This is the Story of The American Military Adventure in Iraq. The Heart of the story Fiasco has to tell, which has never been told before, is that of a Military. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in ‘Fiasco’, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the- record.

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The Gamble, the sequel to Ricks’s acclaimed first account, Fiasco, tells the story of how General David Petraeus and his allies in Washington convinced George Bush to change tack, to deploy a far greater contingent of soldiers and to use them more intelligently. Second, although slowly, the U. Retrospective on another important book published some years ago on Iraq. The United States government is not necessarily known fiasck its honesty or intelligence, but the utter incompetence and narcissism displayed by our leaders during the Iraq war is just quintessential idiocy.

Paul Bremer and his neo-liberal experiment known as the Coalition Provisional Authority comes in for some criticism but I felt the author never covered the mindset or the implications of his regime in anything like the detail it deserved. It should make you sick that leaders in our country cared so little about those they sent to a war that was so poorly fissco.

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His especially tone-deaf handling of the Abu Grahib scandal was really damaging to US credibility. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There was supposed to be 4 parts to this invasion. It was a huge gamble, even in its own terms of trying to improve an already desperate situation. At other peoples’ expense.

The problem, of course, was that ricke was not a lot of thought given to the “folllow-on,” how the U. The State Department hated the Defense Department.

Gosh, there’s so much to say about this book, I hardly know where to begin! The failures in Iraq were in both science and art — but the reasons for these failures are placed squarely on the failure of strategy and leadership.

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If you want to understand our current situation this is a MUST read. It’s almost like reading the middle section of the declaration of independence, which lists the abuses of King George against the colonists, but is too boring to remember. Fiasco; the OED defines it as “A thing that is a complete failure, especially in a ludicrous or humiliating way. When those with the task of providing leadership run around saying that every American soldier killed is proof that things fiacso getting better I guess the logic being: Ricks concludes, as he should, with Barack Obama.


How An amazingly devastating analysis of the war in Iraq.

Underestimating the necessity of longer-term occupation and stabilization following the initial push into the country, and deliberately ignoring the numerous experts and officials advising caution, these idiots sent our country to war with too few troops, zero strategy, no cultural understanding, and ridiculously unclear lines of communication. It is interesting to note that every aim stated prior to going to war by the Bush administration has subsequently failed to be realised.

Not everyone in Iraq, not even all of those in the leadership of the US forces, comes out of this book badly. Realizing how much of this basic narrative was available to me while I was neck-deep in grad school. Ricks is a seer of uncommon vision even in This is a remarkable book, and one that provides a very disturbing insight into the asylum that, for a frighteningly long time, had been taken over by the lunatics.

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Thomas Ricks’ Fiasco,reviewed.

In this vein, Ricks focuses his sights most intensively on four uniformed officers: One person argued the title of the book, stating it fjasco unfair to judge this war by such a title a fiasco until the war had come to a close and we had all evidence to judge by.

Other evil dudes in this book are Rumsfeld, the most arrogant, opinionated, self righteous prick of the 21st century; Paul Bremer, the ambassador who was always at war with the military and who was a bumbling fool, Iraqi exile Chalabi, who may have been working with the insurgents even as we tried to make him president, and military officers Sanchez, Franks, and Meyers. Ricks’ book is useful in this context; to this point, it is one of the best efforts at getting insights and accounts from insiders.

The first part of Ricks book captures the military planning and the bureaucratic manouverings in the period that led up to the invasion. We first heard about WMDs, which was the ploy rjcks in the decision to preemptively invade Iraq. I recommend this book be read by all interested in recent history, and wondering how and why we got here, and how the hell we get out.


Rickx discusses how the war was basically preordained. So bearing in mind the limitations it was still a fascinating book to read though the focus is too narrow to be a substantial general history of the war and occupation. This was a helpful for me as a reader since I had always been so puzzled as to why there was not better strategy at the outset.

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Interestingly, the only person w Touted by John McCain and others as the definitive Iraq War book, Fiasco gives a detailed blow by blow account of the U. Want to Read saving…. The result was a significant improvement in Iraq’s security, albeit from a dismal starting point.

That is a grand-sounding word, and it is frequently misused by laymen as a synonym for tactics.

The best way to describe this book is that it is this generation’s The Best and the Brightestwritten by David Halberstam almost tiasco decades ago about the U. The American Military Adventure in Iraq. Even six years on, the occupation is only halfway done, he says, predicting that US troops will be engaged in combat in Iraq at least until – a date longer than Obama has since stated.

This is also a discouraging book, which makes a strong case that we have created some insoluble problems which will haunt the Middle East, the West, and the U. Iraqis would welcome their liberation from Saddam’s dictatorship. The book is pretty good account fkasco the American Military in Iraq and is more or less framed by their experiences and concerns.

That book still awaits to be written, probably along with the final chapter of the conflict itself. The Iraqis position, the divisions between different groupings of Iraqis, how the United States dealt with the different groupings and even that of other countries forces are not covered with anything like the desirable amount of detail to give a full picture of the occupation and its very real costs.

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