Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize One of the Washington Post Book World’s 10 Best Books of the Year One of Time’s 10 Best Books of the Year USA Today’s. This is the Story of The American Military Adventure in Iraq. The Heart of the story Fiasco has to tell, which has never been told before, is that of a Military. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in ‘Fiasco’, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the- record.

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Ricks tells us that the massacre at Haditha, in which marines opened fire on dozens of unarmed rricks, women and children, “provoked less reaction in Iraq” than it did around the world.

Like Halberstam, Ricks shows a passion for his subject material combined with a clarity and persuasiveness in his analysis.

Thomas Ricks’ Fiasco,reviewed.

Author Tom Ricks is a kind of patron saint of intelligent writing about the Iraq conflicts, first as a reporter for the Washington Post and now as a blogger and author for Foreign Policy http: But the successes that occurred over there, however fleeting they may have been, were also included. And he goes well beyond that, also severely scrutinizing the performance of U.

The result was a significant improvement in Iraq’s security, albeit from a dismal starting point. I guess they would even be grateful that I have been proven wrong. I very much enjoyed reading Fiasco.

Granted, I was a military history freak in jr high and high school and still read the news avidly even during seminary. This work and others as well raises important questio Retrospective on another important book published some years ago on Iraq. Sep 02, Terin rated it it was amazing. When I was younger I liked to believe that somewhere in the US there were a group of conspirators — maybe the CIA or perhaps something even more shadowy and secret — who would sit around a table and maybe that table would even be round and develop plans for total world domination.

Who are we, and what are we ultimately trying to do here? It doesn’t take a military genius to realize that, as Collin Powell was alleged to have cautioned President Bush, the “Pottery Barn Rule” is the most apt: It would be hard to make up a more comprehensive failure of both vision and policy. I looked forward to reading this book for a while.


I really enjoyed another of the author’s books, The Generals, and its critical take on U. The larger geopolitical forces that played out at the United Nations are given scant regard, the position of Israel with regards to the invasion is not mentioned at all.

It is baffling that there has been so little outrage and so few consequences for the people who created this waking nightmare.

Iraq under Saddam was in possession or developing weapons of mass destruction, and containing him through sanctions and no-fly zones was not working. The book doesn’t cover the period of the increase of troops in and the eventual withdrawal of US forces in This work and others as well raises important questions about the extent to which the American effort to create democratic viasco building in Iraq was doomed from the start. Anyone who reads this book and comes away unconvinced of its central argument obviously didn’t read the book well fjasco.

fiaasco That is, Bush could only take such a careless action because of a series of failures in the American system. The decision to go to war was made before the evidence was evaluated, if it ever was.

The book is fascinating on many levels showing where people went wrong not only tactically but also ideologically. Information was distorted, exaggerated, and twisted until the truth was unrecognizable. The administration was blind to the reality of what was going on in Iraq and just kept saying how well it was going when it wasn’t.

Ricks Penguin- History – pages 24 Reviews https: If you have the wrong strategy, it does not matter how good your tactics are, you will never be successful. The problem, of course, was that there was not a lot of thought given to the “folllow-on,” how the U. I had so much more I wanted to say about this book, but I won’t. Iraq war has tens of topics to be written about.


Frankly, I didn’t find any such evidence. Thomas Ricks’ book, Fiasco, was part of an increasing body of literature, featuring more and more books based on the words and experiences of insiders, government and military officials talking after the fact, raising questions about the wisdom of the original decision to invade Iraq and the occupation and “nation-building” efforts thereafter.

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Not to mention the set up for future conflict and the almost complete destruction of the United States international reputation. Less chronicled is the small story: Earlier this year, I finished a book called The Three Trillion Dollar War, which admittedly is more recent, but which gives hard evidence to the fact that we have yet again been lied to as to the actual costs fisco with this war.

The United States government is not necessarily known for its honesty or intelligence, but the utter incompetence and narcissism displayed by our leaders during the Iraq war is just quintessential idiocy.

The substantive heart of Ricks’ critique is that Franks, Odierno, Myers, and Sanchez failed to understand fiaaco warfare; repeated many of the mistakes made in Vietnam, including the overuse of destructive force; and put America as well as its coalition partners on a path that may well lead to defeat.

May 16, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: What I appreciated most about Fiasco was its crisp prose and simple level-headedness.

As it happened, I was then in a ricms thinking class and my class had a debate on whether war was the proper response to the situation in Iraq. The Heart of the story Fiasco has to tell, which has never been told before, is that of a Military occupation whose leaders failed to see a blooming insurgency for what it rickss and as a result lead their soldiers in such a way that the insurgency became inevitable.

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