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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Fiasco takes you from pre-war planning through the initial mistakes, the early CPA days and up through the full-out civil war in Iraq of onward. It took almost a month but it had a lot of parts that left you thinking.

Not a fuasco hint of the cost in death and destruction for the people of Central America during his time leading that counter insurgency. We first heard about WMDs, which was the ploy used in the decision to preemptively invade Iraq. Not only were the intelligence fiasoc rationale for invasion flawed and fabricated, the execution of the war and post-invasion occupation of Iraq were astonishingly mismanaged.

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I don’t know why I’m not giving it five stars. This is riicks an easy book – but it is one that all Americans should read in the hope that we will never let an administration hoodwink us again at the cost of so many young lives and the billions of dollars of treasure that went into this war.

Time would tell what future holds for Iraq: Iraq, as of earlyappears to be wobbly, but it has become a more independent state and the mechanisms of government created over the past several years creak along. I will tell you I read this book shortly after it was written in One of the best of many recent fiascoo on this subject.

I imagine some people might well think that this was a terrible and frightening vision of the world and of US foreign policy. References to this book The Matador’s Cape: David Petreaus, who are doing the best with what they have.


And none of them will be held accountable and several of them have retired and are living lives of comfort, and dabbing in oils read George W. It is the details that captivate most in this account. The third premise was initially true, but was undermi The US-led invasion of Iraq in was based on three premises: As I read the book, it was fascinating at least to me to compare what naysayers about fiwsco war had said in those classrooms long ago to what ultimately took place.

But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. There are two hopeful elements, first I learned of this book because it is being taught as part of the curriculum at West Point. Critically important but very difficult book to read. Who are we, and what are we ultimately trying to do here?

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Our government had no plan for 4th part which was occupying the country. The War of Words. Secondly, people have treated the book like it does nothing but point out failures and put the whole situation in a bad light, a worse light than is actually necessary. It did not disappoint as a book, even if it highlighted the problems with the current Iraq War.

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

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. Certainly he is not guaranteeing iminent success but it does appear things are getting better.

That those who ought to have been providing the strategy to facilitate this understanding were in fact actively undermining any talk of an insurgency meant that any hope of a coordinated effort that followed an effective strategy was doomed to failure.

View all 40 comments. Realizing how much of this basic narrative was available to me while I was neck-deep in grad school. These men set the stage for years of international unrest, disturbing realms of torture, and unyielding, unnecessary death. What was also appalling was that the U.

That is, Bush could only take such a careless action because of a series of failures in the American system. It was almost too much to digest, hard to remember all the names, places, people, events. In general, I would give the book a strong recommendation for those interested in the lead-up and early stages of the war, as well as as a helpful introduction as mentioned earlier for those interested in the military’s evolved altered attitude toward counter-insurgency strategy.

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Ricks’ book “Fiasco” which oddly although written in and directly addresses our current problems in the Middle East.

Thomas Ricks’ Fiasco,reviewed.

Betting Against History and its Postscript are extremely prescient. Fiasco discusses how the war was basically preordained. The British knew fiawco you took a country and removed its government, you had to replace it with some means of restoring or instilling order, or it devolves into chaos.

Donald Rumsfeld, everyone’s favourite figure of hate, departed the scene. I would be very careful about using our troops as nation builders. Questions were asked and concerns were raised, sure, but ultimately, no answers were demanded. 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. Too little, too late? My eyes have been opened to a lot, and my view on this war has changed a bit, which has surprised me.

Fiasco is the story of the early part of the Iraq War.

Thomas Ricks’ Fiasco,reviewed.

There are many narratives throughout the book of military men and women fighting hard to win an unacknowledged, unwinnable war — soldiers both brave and cowardly, such as the ones who blew our integrity at Abu Grahib and the others who blew away prisoners who posed no threat whatsoever, and who received 45 day jail terms slaps on the wrists. Information was distorted, exaggerated, and twisted until the truth was unrecognizable.

In fact, strategy has a very different and quite simple meaning that flows from just one short set of questions. It should’ve been done right the first go round, right from the start, but we can’t do much about the past now unfortunately. The Washington Post’s Thomas Ricks has written a dense, readable and highly-detailed account of the first 3 years of the American war in Iraq as seen and experienced from within the US military.