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Cobra 2: The inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

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Informed by unparalleled access to still–secret documents, interviews with top field commanders, and a review of the military's own internal after–action reports, Cobra II is the definitive chronicle of America's invasion and occupation of Iraq — a conflict that could not be lost but one that the United States failed to win decisively. From the Pentagon to the White House to the American command centers in the field, the book reveals the inside story of how the war was actually planned and fought. Drawing on classified United States government intelligence, it also provides a unique account of how Saddam Hussein and his high command developed and prosecuted their war strategy.

Written by Michael R. Gordon, the chief military correspondent for the New York Times, who spent the war with the Allied land command, and Bernard E. Trainor, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general and former director of the National Security Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cobra II traces the interactions among the generals, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and President George W. Bush. It dramatically reconstructs the principal battles from interviews with those who fought them, providing reliable accounts of the clashes waged by conventional and Special Operations forces. It documents with precision the failures of American intelligence and the mistakes in administering postwar Iraq.

Unimpeachably sourced, Cobra II describes how the American rush to Baghdad provided the opportunity for the virulent insurgency that followed. The brutal aftermath in Iraq was not inevitable and was a surprise to the generals on both sides; Cobra II provides the first authoritative account as to why. It is a book of enduring importance and incisive analysis — a comprehensive account of the most reported yet least understood war in American history.

Review:

"Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made headlines last week by conceding that the Bush administration had made 'tactical errors, thousands' in waging the war in Iraq. But, she argued, the administration pursued the right underlying strategy in toppling Saddam Hussein, and history's judgment will be based on whether 'you make the right strategic decisions.'

In their 'inside story' of the... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Focuses on high-level decision making and offers the most comprehensive and probing examination thus far of the Gulf War's strategy and operations. It is likely to remain for some time the best single volume on the Gulf War." Eliot A. Cohen, Foreign Affairs

Review:

"Cobra II will likely become the benchmark by which other histories of the Iraq invasion are measured....Considering the wealth of detail it contains, Cobra II is a smooth read, but a passing familiarity with the military and the events in question will help the reader." Sean Naylor, The New York Times

Review:

"If the style of the narrative is sometimes a dull combat gray, Cobra II expresses a frustration (even a contempt) for the war's planners that is perhaps just as much part of the color of military life now, three years on." Newsday

Review:

"A fascinating account of the war. I recommend it to my friends as something that gives them a different element of some of the key decisions that were made." Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense

Review:

"A superb account and analysis of what went right and what went wrong in the Gulf War. All of the inside stories of the people and the policies, the triumphs and the blunders, are here." Jim Lehrer, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Review:

"A truly remarkable piece of research and reconstruction...extraordinary: a richly detailed human drama, impeccably documented, sure in judgment, and not likely to be matched, still less surpassed, for a long time." John Barry, national security correspondent, Newsweek

Review:

"What makes Cobra II so important is the extensive reporting that backs up every major pronouncement....[A] classic military history of the blow-by-blow fighting to Baghdad." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

Synopsis:

Draws on interviews with General Tommy Franks, Condoleeza Rice, and other officials and military personnel to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the decision-making process that determined the nature of American involvement in Iraq.

Synopsis:

Informed by access to still-secret documents, interviews with top field commanders, and a review of the military's own internal after-action reports, this is the definitive chronicle of America's invasion and occupation of Iraq--a conflict that could not be lost but one that the United States failed to win decisively. From the Pentagon to the White House to the American command centers in the field, the book reveals the inside story of how the war was actually planned and fought. Drawing on classified United States government intelligence, it traces the interactions among the generals, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and President George W. Bush; provides an account of how Saddam Hussein and his high command developed and prosecuted their war strategy; reconstructs the principal battles from interviews with those who fought them; and documents with precision the failures of American intelligence and the mistakes in administering postwar Iraq. --From publisher description.

About the Author

Michael R. Gordon is the chief military correspondent for the New York Times, where he has worked since 1985. He is the coauthor, with Lieutenant General Bernard E. Trainor, of The Generals' War. He has covered the Iraq War, the American intervention in Afghanistan, the Kosovo conflict, the Russian war in Chechnya, the 1991 Persian Gulf War, and the American invasion of Panama. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

Bernard E. Trainor, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general, was a military correspondent for the New York Times from 1986 to 1990. He was director of the National Security Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1990 to 1996. Currently a military analyst for NBC, Trainor lives in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Snowflakes from the Secretary. — The generated start. — Smaller is beautiful. — The other side of the hill. — Back to the future. — 'Round and 'round we go. — The red line. — A little postwar planning. — Dora Farms. — The opening gambit. — Objective liberty. — Everyone loves a parade. — Task Force Tarawa. — Vampire 12. — A sanctuary for the Fedayeen. — Back to the drawing board. — Team tank. — The red zone. — The thunder run. — The accidental victory. — The second battle for Baghdad. — Saddam's great escape. — Hello, I must be going. — Starting from scratch.

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DP-ICE, September 29, 2006 (view all comments by DP-ICE)
Many good elements in this book. The writer, however, seems to have a chip on his shoulder. The numerous footnotes to secretive persons leave a lot to be desired. It ruins the credibility of the author to suggest President Bush did not care about Al Qaeda, and that President Clinton suggested it to be more important than Iraq and only cite UN-NAMED staffers to back it up. Many suggestions like this are in the book.

The book DOES give considerable effort to describe the lead up to the war and it seems humerous that over and over and over again it clearly shows that the whole world believes that Saddam had WMD and then seeks to vilify Bush and Bush alone for acting on what they ALL believed. Whether it was Turkey, the British, or even the Germans, who were on hand with military units capable of cleaning up after a WMD attack, the whole point seems to be that Bush was wrong and lied to us and its said from a 20/20 hindsight tainted with bias.

While a book with a lot of facts in the end its clearly staked out positions are obvious post-war hindsight and has the audacity two sentences into the forward to call it a war of choice after it shows how many nations believed in the threat of WMD in the hands of Saddam. It did very little to discuss the fullness of the months leading up to the conflict which were filled with UN resolutions and combined with earlier resolutions broken by Saddam but never ones he was held accountable for having broken.

Yes, the US made mistakes and some, curiously not all, were not even mentioned. As well, many of the successes were lost in translation as well. 24 Million people are without a tyrant leader who murdered families wholesale, had psychotic sons who did uch the same and now have had free and fair elections for the first time in generations and the author can't seem to respect that.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375424243
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Subject:
History-Middle East - General
Author:
Michael R. Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor
Author:
Michael R. Gordon
Author:
Michael R. Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor
Author:
Bernard E. Trainor
Author:
Gordon, Michael R.
Author:
Trainor, Bernard E.
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
History : Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
History : Middle East - General
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Military - Iraq War
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Military-Gulf Wars
Subject:
World History-Iraq War (2003-?)
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060314
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
603

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History and Social Science » World History » General
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Product details 603 pages Pantheon - English 9780375424243 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Focuses on high-level decision making and offers the most comprehensive and probing examination thus far of the Gulf War's strategy and operations. It is likely to remain for some time the best single volume on the Gulf War."
"Review" by , "Cobra II will likely become the benchmark by which other histories of the Iraq invasion are measured....Considering the wealth of detail it contains, Cobra II is a smooth read, but a passing familiarity with the military and the events in question will help the reader."
"Review" by , "If the style of the narrative is sometimes a dull combat gray, Cobra II expresses a frustration (even a contempt) for the war's planners that is perhaps just as much part of the color of military life now, three years on."
"Review" by , "A fascinating account of the war. I recommend it to my friends as something that gives them a different element of some of the key decisions that were made."
"Review" by , "A superb account and analysis of what went right and what went wrong in the Gulf War. All of the inside stories of the people and the policies, the triumphs and the blunders, are here."
"Review" by , "A truly remarkable piece of research and reconstruction...extraordinary: a richly detailed human drama, impeccably documented, sure in judgment, and not likely to be matched, still less surpassed, for a long time."
"Review" by , "What makes Cobra II so important is the extensive reporting that backs up every major pronouncement....[A] classic military history of the blow-by-blow fighting to Baghdad."
"Synopsis" by , Draws on interviews with General Tommy Franks, Condoleeza Rice, and other officials and military personnel to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the decision-making process that determined the nature of American involvement in Iraq.
"Synopsis" by , Informed by access to still-secret documents, interviews with top field commanders, and a review of the military's own internal after-action reports, this is the definitive chronicle of America's invasion and occupation of Iraq--a conflict that could not be lost but one that the United States failed to win decisively. From the Pentagon to the White House to the American command centers in the field, the book reveals the inside story of how the war was actually planned and fought. Drawing on classified United States government intelligence, it traces the interactions among the generals, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and President George W. Bush; provides an account of how Saddam Hussein and his high command developed and prosecuted their war strategy; reconstructs the principal battles from interviews with those who fought them; and documents with precision the failures of American intelligence and the mistakes in administering postwar Iraq. --From publisher description.
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