Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of by Michael R. Gordon

By Michael R. Gordon

Written via the manager army correspondent of the New York occasions and a renowned retired Marine basic, this can be the definitive account of the invasion of Iraq.

A gorgeous paintings of investigative journalism, Cobra II describes in riveting aspect how the yank rush to Baghdad supplied the chance for the virulent insurgency that undefined. As Gordon and Trainor express, the brutal aftermath used to be no longer inevitable and was once a shock to the generals on either side. in line with entry to unseen files and unique interviews with the boys and ladies on the center of the battle, Cobra II presents firsthand bills of the scuffling with at the flooring and the high-level making plans backstage. Now with a brand new afterword that addresses what transpired after the fateful occasions of the summer season of 2003, it is a peerless new version and research of the critical occasion of our times.

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As a feint, he proposed stationing Army helicopters on an aircraft carrier and launching them into southern Iraq. Mike "Rifle" DeLong, the three-star Marine general who served as Franks's deputy, was skeptical. He thought the small force might be vulnerable to Iraqi WMD. S. engaged in a lengthy buildup. S. forces moved fast they would catch the Iraqis flat-footed. Macgregor also suggested that the light infantry forces might be secretly based in Oman and could be whisked to Baghdad to keep order.

The force would rush to Baghdad, avoiding contact as much as possible with Iraqi army forces, who Macgregor thought were ill motivated and who could be used later to police the country. After the capital was taken, 15,000 light infantry soldiers and additional reinforcements would be flown in to maintain order. Macgregor argued that the value of small, more lethal formations had been demonstrated in Afghanistan and that a "paradigm shift" was needed to put them into effect in Iraq as well. 14 The next thing Macgregor knew he had an invitation to Tampa to meet with the CENTCOM commander himself.

He wanted the focus to be on Afghanistan but also wanted plans drawn up in case it turned out that Iraq was somehow implicated in the 9/11 attacks. The next day, the president convened a meeting of his National Security Council during which there was some discussion of what might follow an Afghan campaign. 31 After Rumsfeld was selected as defense secretary, Richard N. Perle secured an influential position for himself as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, an advisory panel that counseled Rumsfeld on military and defense planning issues.

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