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By Joseph J. Collins ( Institute for National Strategic Studies) Reviewed by Amb. (ret.) Michael Cotter ( Vice. (This is a National Defense University study paper on the Iraq war. It opens “Measured in. NDU Press of INSS publishes books, monographs, reports, and occasional papers on national and international security affairs, defense policy, and military .

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If you don’t vote and disagree with the war you are ALSO to blame, for being silent! Only took them 5 years to get onboard.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Rumsfeld, who was closely allied with Vice President Dick Cheney, bypassed the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the report says, and became “the direct supervisor of the combatant commanders.

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Government officials and then sold to a gullible public, nor do I believe that any one Iraqi source tricked us into our beliefs. Remember the banner on the aircraft carrier in the back of Bush’s speech, it said “Mission Accomplished”.

Now come on, the election was not that long ago. The report also singles out the Bush administration’s national security apparatus and implicitly President Bush and both of his national security advisers, Condoleezza Rice and Stephen Hadley, saying that “senior national security officials exhibited in many instances an imperious attitude, exerting power and pressure where diplomacy and bargaining might have had a better effect.

Way to go folks!! Links will not be permitted. The administration also expected that “Iraq without Saddam could manage and fund its own reconstruction. One hopes that, for all of. Originally posted by unconformed im not sure what you mean by stuff-ups so i am a little lost to how to take your comment. Our National Security Council staff, Cabinet departments, and especially our Congress have not yet adapted to the demanding requirements of 21 st -century complex contingencies.


In the end, though, all the 8,word article revealed was that the department of defence had very cleverly manipulated popular opinion by targeting opinion makers – in this case, the retired generals who often turn up on television news as “military experts” – with the same kind of positive “spin” everyday Americans are subjected to every waking hour during a presidential campaign.

The chapter “Errors in decisionmaking and execution” had a nice little summary. Very interesting read though. Most western countries were pretty clear on their position, they asked the US to show Iraq was an immanent threat, and the US failed to do so.

Just like in Vietnam, our military won the war, what we lost was the peace. I take offense to him being the patsy in this debacle. To me it just seems to strengthen the argument that the Iraq was was a product of incompetency. So basically, like i said before. One veteran has already raised 16 million dollars.

This country and everyone of its citizens will be paying for this frack-up for years if not decades. As for the National Defense University, I guess we should just hang it up and pull out now that they have occasionsl_papers chimed in. Always remember, however sure you are that you can easily win, that there would not be a war if the other man did not think that he also had a chance. Trump Says Partial U.

An authoritarian government can start and stop wars when it decides – democracies ostensibly require the will of the people to initiate and then carry out any type of sustained military action. According to the U. During the first world war, the occasionwl_papers neoconservative, President Woodrow Wilson, imprisonedAmericans for making “disloyal” statements during wartime.


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Bush cooked it up and pretty much all occasional_pqpers Congress signed off on it. If diplomats are half assed competent, there is no need for war. In every case, assumptions are. One hopes that, for all of its problems, the decision to invade Iraq and subsequent operations there may point the way to national security reform.

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Baghdad has chemical and biological weapons as well as missiles with ranges in excess of UN restrictions; if left unchecked, it probably will have a nuclear weapon during this decade. As i have said previously about my thoughts on government, it is up to the leader to surround himself with people intelligent enough in their occasoinal_papers fields to make informed decissions. The report carries considerable weight because it was written by Joseph Collins, a former senior Pentagon official, and was based in part on interviews with other former senior defense and intelligence officials who played roles in prewar preparations.

That whole document reads like a list of Government stuff-ups in the decission to go to war, and i must admit i am rather surprised to see you post it Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

Collins ends his report by quoting Winston Churchill, who said: