GREAT READS, GOOD INSIGHT



MUST READ - THE WAR FOUGHT ON THE LAO SIDE
In his book, this is one you must read,  “ A GREAT PLACE TO HAVE A WAR ” Joshua Kurlantzick really explains in detail the establishment of the CIA and the real story behind the incredible “ Operation Momentum”, President Eisenhower’s last major military movement in the White House. 

It was Eisenhower’s fear if LAO fell to the Communists, then Thailand, Viet Nam, Taiwan,  would fall too and then the Philippines.  The so-called “ Domino effect".  It would, as explained, open the door to India.  And the information in the book is very descriptive and almost 50 pages of acknowledgements verify the information given.

At a time and place when both Congress and the American people knew little of the largest paramilitary operation by the CIA and kept under wrap till recently.  It was President Kennedy who carried forth President Eisenhower’s beliefs and Laos received more attention than Viet Nam.  

It wasn’t till 2000 and 2010 till the real stories of the Secret War came to the surface. The LAO government repressed journalism and even for the press visiting parts of LAO and talking to anyone about the war.


GOOD READS and GREAT INSIGHT
Thomas Edwin Ricks is an American journalist who writes on defense topics. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.  I see many things in his writings about the upper echelon of our military,  as his last three books encompass the entire Middle East conflict and a whole lot about the players. 

It is excellent reading and an insight into the real stories behind the decisions and mistakes.  Shadow Warrior by Felix Rodriguez and Wiser in Battle by LT. Gen Sanchez are also good reads putting you in the reality of what it means to be a decision maker.  All are available through Amazon and you may learn a few things you were not privy to.

THE GAMBLE: 
General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008  Now updated to fully document the inside story of the Iraq war since late 2005, The Gamble is the definitive account of the insurgency within the U.S. military that led to a radical shift in America's strategy. Based on unprecedented real-time access to the military's entire chain of command, Ricks examines the events that took place as the military was forced to reckon with itself, the surge was launched, and a very different war began. His stunning conclusion, stated in the last line of the book, is that,  “The events for which the Iraq war will be remembered probably have not yet happened.”  Some today feel the cost in money, material,  lives and wounded were not worth it.

FIASCO: 
The American Military Adventure in Iraq..Fiasco is a more strongly worded title than you might expect a seasoned military reporter such as Thomas E. Ricks to use, accustomed as he is to the even-handed style of daily newspaper journalism.  He has written a thorough and devastating history of the war in Iraq from the planning stages through the continued insurgency in early 2006, and he does not shy away from naming those he finds responsible.

MAKING THE CORPS: 
The United States Marine Corps, with its proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth. Making the Corps visits the front lines of boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina.

The GENERALS: 
Thomas E. Ricks has made a close study of America’s military leaders for three decades, and in TheGenerals, he chronicles the widening gulf between performance and accountability among the top brass of the U.S. military. While history has been kind to the American generals of World War II—Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley—it has been less kind to others, such as Koster, Franks, Sanchez, and Petraeus.  Ricks sets out to explain why that is. 

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