View Full Version : The Years of Disarray, U.S. Military In Iraq 2003-06, Interview With Tom Ricks

06-24-2015, 03:49 PM
It took the United States four years to get its military strategy in Iraq right. Before that the U.S. was in a state of disarray dealing with the insurgency. First it didnít want to acknowledge that one existed in Iraq. Many military leaders believed that the American presence was the cause of the rebellion. That led them to advocate for a U.S. withdrawal, which was supported by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. On the ground each U.S. unit basically developed its own tactics in its area of operation with little coordination with others, and then they would be replaced and the process would start all over again. To help explain this period of the U.S. occupation is former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reporter, author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq (http://www.amazon.com/Fiasco-American-Military-Adventure-Iraq/dp/0143038915/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1434884334&sr=8-6&keywords=tom+ricks+books) and The Gamble, General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure In Iraq (http://www.amazon.com/Gamble-Petraeus-American-Military-Adventure/dp/0143116916/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1434884385&sr=8-11&keywords=tom+ricks+books), and current member of the New America organization. Ricks also runs the Best Defense (http://foreignpolicy.com/channel/best-defense/) blog on national security at Foreign Policy and can be followed on Twitter @tomricks1 (https://twitter.com/tomricks1).

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