McGee considers that the political mindset for the invasion of Iraq began in Kosovo, arguing that the well-meaning Western invaders were unable to understand the complexities and differences of the Islamic world or to accept that Western ...
Author: Howard McGee
Were there any winners? Any point at all to the Anglo/American invasion of Iraq in 2003? McGee considers that the political mindset for the invasion of Iraq began in Kosovo, arguing that the well-meaning Western invaders were unable to understand the complexities and differences of the Islamic world or to accept that Western values are simply not recognised there and that this lack of understanding of the enemy's culture led to the dismal failure of Western governments in the years of war that followed. The viewpoint of a soldier is very different to that of the press, the government and most of the public. In this fascinating insight to the madness of 21st Century war, we read of life on active duty in a woefully mismanaged and under-resourced army, sent to fight a dubious war without either adequate ammunition and supplies or the support of the nation while the public figures give them a 'damn good ignoring'. Read and weep.
The army looked like an opportunity rather than a threat , mainly because some
influential Libyan ground officers distrusted the erratic ... Regular Libyan soldiers
showed little stomach for Gadhafi ' s aimless external wars and incursions .
Author: Daniel P. Bolger
Publisher: Presidio Press
Discusses American military capabilities and operations undertaken since the end of the Vietnam War, detailing the tactics, the planning, the leadership, and the political realities that lead to the rise of the "limited engagement."
There were no soldier shows, no soft drinks, no ice cream. ... “All of us,” wrote
Pershing, “were destined to experience many discouragements before the end of
the war in our ... There were big and rather aimless artillery shoots on occasion.
Author: S.L.A. Marshall
Publisher: New Word City
"In the Bosnian town of Sarajevo on the morning of June 28, 1914, a chauffeur misunderstood his instructions, made the wrong turn, tried too late to correct his blunder, and in so doing, delivered his passengers to a point where a waiting assassin did not have to take aim to gun them down. Two rounds from one pistol and the world rocked. The crime was the small stone that loosened brings the avalanche." So begins Brigadier General S.L.A. Marshall's compelling narrative of the American Heritage History of World War I, a book that tells the story of the Great War from Sarajevo to Versailles. Ten million men died; another 20 million were wounded. But it was not the numbers alone that made this the Great War. The flame thrower, the tank, and poison gas were introduced. Cavalry became obsolete; air combat and submarine warfare came of age. Old dynasties disintegrated; new nations appeared. In this book, renowned military historian Marshall, a World War I veteran, describes and analyzes the origins, course, and immediate aftermath of the colossal conflict. The story begins with a look backward at a complacent world ensnared in a network of alliances. Out of this setting emerged the cunning diplomats and statesmen who maneuvered and blundered their countries into positions that made the war inevitable. Once committed, the nations of Europe aligned into two, mighty opposing forces, and went jauntily into war, each confident that the conflict would be over before it really began. Marshall follows the personalities, strategies, errors, and the unremitting slaughter of the next four years. The story ends with the ill-conceived Treaty of Versailles, which sowed the seeds that would plunge the following generation into another world war.
It relied on the old balance - of - power ethos rather than any concession to the
new order of collective security . ... and by his own fear of another " aimless war ”
he drafted , in collaboration with the dissident soldier , Major - General Frederick
Author: Gaynor Johnson
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub
"This book is a collection of essays by leading scholars of the international history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that aims to explore the dynamics of the way in which diplomacy was conducted before, during and after the First World War. It is a history of the origins, nature and conduct of the so-called 'new diplomacy,' a phrase often used by historians of this period but not full understood. Other key themes include changes in the way war as a diplomatic tool was viewed in this period, primarily from the perspective of the British and American governments. This book also contributes to the growing literature on how the Paris Peace Conference and the peace treaties it produced were viewed from outside as well as inside Europe."
Patton expected the next war to take place in a primitive area of the world , a
place without road nets and rail lines , like Mexico , where a man on horseback
was an individual , relatively free , able to charge the foe recklessly while waving
his saber . ... In the spring of 1939 , the Acting Chief of Staff of the Army , General
George C . Marshall , was about to move into Quarters ... His apparently aimless
assignments during the interwar years came to an end in 1940 , when he was
Author: Gale Research Company
Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, and other creative writers, 1900-1960.