Moment of Truth in Iraq

Moment of Truth in Iraq

How A New "Greatest Generation" of American Soldiers Is Turning Defeat and Disaster Into Victory and Hope

Book - 2008
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Internationally acclaimed for his "vivid" "shocking" and "intimate" coverage, no reporter knows the battle zones of Iraq better than former Green Beret Michael Yon. No one has better access, deeper sources, or greater credibility. Yon has never been co-opted--by Left or Right, Military or Media. Now, in a work with all the drama of his famous battlefield dispatches but cutting far deeper than anything he has published before, Yon tells the true story of the dramatic turnaround on the ground in 2007--and the still-critical dangers that will make 2008 the "Moment of Truth in Iraq".
Publisher: [Minneapolis, MN] : Richard Vigilante Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780980076325
0980076323
Branch Call Number: 956.704 Yon
Characteristics: 227 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 24 cm

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LRS1969 Mar 04, 2015

First off, I like Mike Yon and own some of his other work.

Unfortunately, here he gets caught up in (primarily) the hype of the Petraeus PR team and the ultra conservative Petraeus fan club brayings... (See review of "Gamble" by Tom Ricks concerning someone else who should have known better)

Yon - who should definitely know better - also gets caught up in the Petraeus PR machine and ultra conservative fan club braying (after all, the Surge was nothing more than a temporary purchase of some very minor breathing room to allow us to pull out in a timetable negotiated by the Iraqi National Government with the Bush Administration - with the ING wanting us out even sooner)!

Like so many other militant types this author has a Petraeus idolization fixation (similar to the mythology of great generalship this sprung up relating to CSA General Robert E. Lee).

Yet Petraeus, while personally intelligent, in fact was not militarily brilliant nor particularly savvy (repeating a myth often enough does NOT make it Truth)... though he indeed was one of the Perfumed Princes who believes absolutely in the Three Ps: Power, Perks, and Privileges!

EVERYTHING that Petraeus did in his military and post military life has had one and only one agenda - to do what is right for Petraeus and his personal benefit. Entitlement is an expectation of his (which he got even in "the end"... a deal that converts multiple severe felonies demanding decades of imprisonment down to one misdemeanor that carries no jail time and allows him to maintain his oligarchic and highly wealthy post treasonous career!).

So much for his oft repeated claims of innocence. And this is the deal if the century. He should have been prosecuted for every count and once convicted, sentenced to life without parole in Leavenworth!

"Petraeus Takes Plea Deal"

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/04/us/petraeus-plea-deal-over-giving-classified-data-to-lover.html

And meanwhile, WHAT happened with Iraq? We lost (BTW, our withdrawal timetable was negotiated by the Iraqi National Government and the Bush Administration, with the ING wanting us out of there even sooner). And our invasion and then long-term occupation with a serious insurgency war led directly to the conditions causing the creation of ISIS / ISIL!

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Bishop72
Mar 06, 2010

Wow. Better read it, especially if you think you have it all figured out.

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