'87 Sir

Thirty years of service ----USNA Class of 1987 '87 Sir

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Surprisingly Good Book

This book about the wartime and post-war professional relationship between Dwight Eisenhower and George Marshall was much better than I expected.  I don't generally read biographical books and my knowledge of the Allied High Command has been lacking.  This book did a good job of filling that need.  Well written, if in need of a little trivia checking (the 82nd  AB not the 101st parachuted onto the Salerno beachhead) and a little less opinion by the author (although I agreed with most of them) would have made this a really outstanding book.  I will admit I just skimmed the post-war relationship between Eisenhower and Marshall, since that wasn't my interest, but overall well done.  It continues to amaze me, the more I learn, how the Allies managed to hold together and win the war.  The British and American high commands really, really didn't like each other very much most of the time, and it was only the sheer will of Roosevelt and Franklin that kept the war going, it seems to me.  The Allied relationship nearly brokedown over British and American machinations to get their strategy pushed as the Allied strategy and the book really shows how Eisenhower was truly the right man in the right place to make it all work together.  Every new book I read convinces me that the victory was much, much more narrow than most people, and sadly, most conventional texts, think.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Retreat Begins

I have to say, I am sorry I am right. The Dems are beginning the process of retreating from Afghanistan, and by extension Pakistan.

Senate Armed Services Chairman: No More U.S. Troops to Afghanistan

I called this months ago in a number of posts describing how an Obama Administration might play out and the nightmare consequences.

I also saw the left wing of the Defeatocrat Party signaling surrender even before Mr. Hope and Change took office.

And I knew it would get worse as the Dems started looking for ways to pay for all their ridiculous spending.

But I am even more alarmed now because the connection between Pakistan and Afghanistan is becoming more and more clear to me. If the Taliban establish safe haven in Afghnaistan, which they will if the Dems have their way, then the strategic prize becomes Pakistan, a NUCLEAR armed and very unstable state.

Surely this is clear to the Administration? How can we hammer Pakistan to deal with their Islamic insurgency when we won't deal with the one next door.

Scary, scary stuff

Shaheen-II / Eagle-I / Hatf-6 / Ghaznavi IRBM  from www.globalsecurity.org

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Iraq War-The Early Years

Thomas Ricks pulls no punches in the first of his two volumes on the Iraq War. The title pretty much sums his opinion of the American military effort from 2003-2006. He spends a considerable amount of text on the detainee issues leading up to the Abu Ghraib scandal and does an admirable job of highlighting the difference between the Army and Marine Corps approach to counter-insurgency. This is not a military history per se, but does give a sense of the overall ebb and flow of America's efforts to contain an insurgency that was neither expected or understood. Ricks is particularly hard on American military and civilian leadership and clearly shows his disdain for Rumsfeld, Bremer and Bush during this period. It should be interesting to contrast this book with his follow-0n volume The Gamble.