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. 


LT. GENERAL RUSSELL L. HONORÉ, AKA “THE RAGIN' CAJUN"

A hands on grunt who started with a GED; totally schooled by and rose through the ranks in the military; achieves a Masters degree in the service; serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina sweeps in like the Seventh Calvary and restores order and saves lives. 

More "get'er done guts" than the entire city, state and federal leadership led by Mr. Corrupt himself, Nagy the Mayor, and all the Senators, Congressmen and the buffoon Governor of Louisiana. 

For our future, we need people with this down to earth intelligence and integrity, quality people who love their country, and with a large amount of vitality. Strong hands, strong conviction in this country and focused. 

And none of these hero’s invoked public prayer. They did not wear it on their sleeve, you see it's a personal thing, in your heart, in your soul and it works every time for the real believer.  Those that did their job had the magic embedded in their belief and it was belief that got them through it.

The most classic line throughout the entire affair was when the General told a young National Guardsman to stop pointing his rifle at the people.  “We are her to help these people, not shoot them”.

When elected you swear an oath to this country that takes precedent over all others. The founding fathers knew that if the order was God, Country, Family and so forth, a political position missed the point.  In office, if you accept the role the focus is on Country and then it doesn’t matter what religion you are, the other two or more follow. 

Leadership in the New Normal is a short course on how to be an effective leader in the 21st century. It describes modern leadership principles and techniques and illustrates them with stories from the author’s vast life experiences, mostly as a military leader. 

The book is geared to both leaders and those who aspire to be leaders in today’s world in the fields of business, government, religion, military, academia, etc.  The author, Lt. General Russel Honoré (U.S. Army, retired), emerged as a national hero and one of the US’s best-known military leaders in 2005 after spearheading the Task Force responsible for the massive search-and-rescue mission and the restoration of order in New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.

Russel L. Honoré (/ˈɒnəreɪ/ ON-ər-ay; born 1947)
Is a retired Lieutenant General who served as the 33rd commanding general of the U.S. First Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia. He is best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast and as the 2nd Infantry Division's commander while stationed in South Korea. He served until his retirement from the Army on January 11, 2008.

Honoré, aka "The Ragin' Cajun" although he is actually of Louisiana Creole with a West Indies background, whose family came through the port of New Orleans and settled in the Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. The Honoré family surname is still found among the Cane River Créoles.

A native of Lakeland in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, and youngest of 12 children, Honoré earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture from Southern University and A&M College in 1971. He also holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Troy State University as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from Southern University and A&M College. He has received leadership development training from the international civilian Center for Creative Leadership.

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