My Journey With General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War

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Surge is an insider's view of the most decisive phase of the Iraq War. After exploring the dynamics of the war during its first three years, the book takes the reader on a journey to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where the controversial new U.S. Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency doctrine was developed; to Washington, D.C., and the halls of the Pentagon, where the Joint Chiefs of Staff struggled to understand the conflict; to the streets of Baghdad, where soldiers worked to implement the surge and reenergize the flagging war effort before the Iraqi state splintered; and to the halls of Congress, where Ambassador Ryan Crocker and General David Petraeus testified in some of the most contentious hearings in recent memory.


Using newly declassified documents, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, author notes, and published sources, Surge explains how President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Ambassador Crocker, General Petraeus, and other U.S. and Iraqi political and military leaders shaped the surge from the center of the maelstrom in Baghdad and Washington.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013], ©2013
ISBN: 9780300172355
Branch Call Number: 956.70443 Ma
Description: xxxii, 341 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Petraeus, David Howell


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May 01, 2014

The Sunnis recognize that lost, and they're coming to the table. The Shi'a don't recognize yet that they've won.

May 01, 2014

This is three dimensional chess in a dark room.

May 01, 2014

... it was a domestic political collapse, and not the fact the United States was actually losing the Iraq War, that prompted Rumsfield's departure from the Department of Defense.


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LRS1969 Mar 04, 2015

Very good on historical accounts, but dies in current affairs.

Like every other militant conservative Mansoor (also himself a self-serving Perfumed Prince) has a Petraeus bromance. Yet Petraeus, while personally intelligent, in fact was not militarily brilliant nor particularly savvy... 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"


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