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The Insurgents

David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War
Kaplan, Fred M. (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The inside story of the small group of soldier-scholars who changed the way the Pentagon does business and the American military fights wars, against fierce resistance from within their own ranks.
Authors: Kaplan, Fred M.
Title: The insurgents
David Petraeus and the plot to change the American way of war
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
Characteristics: x, 418 p. ;,25 cm
Contents: "What we need is an officer with three heads"
"Another type of warfare"
"Eating soup with a knife"
Revolutions
The insurgent at war
The irregulars
"Where's my counterinsurgency plan?"
The Basin Harbor gang
The directive
The insurgent in the engine room of change
The workshop
Hearts & minds
"Clear, hold, and build"
"We are pulling in different directions"
The field manual
The surge
Awakenings
The insurgent in the Pentagon
"It is folly"
COIN vs. CT
"Storm clouds"
"A new American way of war"
Summary: The inside story of the small group of soldier-scholars who changed the way the Pentagon does business and the American military fights wars, against fierce resistance from within their own ranks.
ISBN: 1451642652
9781451642650
1451642636
9781451642636
Statement of Responsibility: Fred Kaplan
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [369]-396) and index
Subject Headings: United States Military policy History United States Military policy Planning United States Armed Forces Officers Education Afghan War, 2001- Campaigns Iraq War, 2003-2011 Campaigns Counterinsurgency Afghanistan History 21st century Counterinsurgency Iraq History 21st century Generals United States Biography Strategic culture United States History Counterinsurgency United States History Petraeus, David Howell
Topical Term: Afghan War, 2001-
Iraq War, 2003-2011
Counterinsurgency
Counterinsurgency
Generals
Strategic culture
Counterinsurgency
LCCN: 2012022268
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Sep 30, 2014
  • LRS1969 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Well, "Star Gladiator" seems to have hit all the nails on the head! Here while skeptics thought that it was "all about The Oil", in reality it was simply all about The Money! BIG MONEY! And while that review covers a small bit of the outright theft and major corruptions, what about the regular bribing and minor level - but massive extensiveness - low level corruption? And even more massive than ALL of this was the war profiteering of hundreds of billions in profit being made by the Military-Ifustrial-Complex (President Eisenhower was right in warning us in that regard!), And Petraeus? Why he was simply the "Golden Boy" supreme for the GWB administration, media darling and more slick talking than a "snake oil salesman"! And, just WHERE is he today? Discredited? Yes, I would think so!

Ooooooohhhhh! "Soldier-scholars" ooooohhh! More like pathetic cretins who haven't even the vaguest understanding of tactics and strategy, not that they were ever pursuing a "just" war, etc. The behavior of Petraeus at the CIA obviously sheds light on his true "character" - - - sadly lacking in most respects. I wouldn't trust anything written by Kaplan, ever! (And as far as "the way the Pentagon does business" - - - say, Kaplan, whatever became of that missing $8.7 billion in Iraqi oil funds that went missing somewhere between the Iraqi Trade Bank and the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the contract overseen by JPMorgan Chase? Say, Kaplan, whatever became of that missing $16.7 billion in Afghanistan? Say, Kaplan, whatever became of that unaccounted for $2.3 trillion in DoD funds which the Pentagon's comptroller mentioned during a public news conference the day immediately preceding 9/11/01 (on 9/10/01)?

Mar 04, 2013
  • aliceplanetart rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This engrossing and detailed narrative analyzes while relating the rise of General Petraeus amid various philosophical factions within the military. His power increased during the efforts of a problematic White House to prosecute a war withiut strategic preparations, and his approach offered seeming solutions. Kaplan offers to the lay person fascinating insights to the way the military works and differences from conventional wisdom. Highly recommended.

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May 23, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

To win an insurgency war, the United States and the Iraqi officals it was protecting had to want the same basic things.

May 23, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In a guerrilla situation, the guerrilla is the professional, the newcomer the amateur.

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