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Although a supporter of the president, journalist Thomas Ricks writing for Foreign Policy, nonetheless noted at the time: "The message the Obama administration is sending, intentionally or not, is that it doesn't like tough, smart, skeptical generals ...
Thomas Ricks argued in his book The Generals: American military Command from World War II to Today that the US military used to expect its generals to fail.

His pages about Iraq are now festooned with my comments - "BS" and "Wow" or simply "!" You may think I am overstating the case.
As secretary of state, Clinton was a "fairly conventional, cautious centrist," said Thomas Ricks, a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer on defense policy and author of two books on the Iraq war. "The most interesting aspects of Obama's foreign policy were ...
In "Fiasco: The American military Adventure in Iraq" (Penguin, 2006), senior Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post Thomas Ricks documented the failure of both civilian and military leadership in the Iraq war "to take even a minimally adequate ...
and discuss an article published March 13 in Boston Globe magazine by Neil Swidey, staff writer for the Boston Globe. The article, "An Iraq Reckoning," focused on how two key decisions by Paul Bremer in Iraq ... A third session, "Fiasco in Iraq," on ...

According to Rhodes, the Blob includes Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, and other Iraq-war promoters from both parties who now whine incessantly about the collapse of the American security order in Europe and the Middle East.
Democrats continually mention that we need to defeat ISIS, but continually relegate the Iraq war authorization vote of 2002, and pivot back to domestic policies.
I'm definitely a morning writer. I like to get up, make a cup of coffee, and sit down and start writing. I get the blog out pretty quickly, and then I turn to whatever book I am writing at the time.
National security writer Thomas Ricks thinks the United States will lose its next war. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author was the featured speaker at the 10th annual Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture on Monday at the Walter Cronkite school ...
Thomas E. Ricks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author and national Security Expert, is the featured speaker of the 10th annual Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite school of Journalism and ...
Since its devastating eight-year war against Iraq, the leadership in Tehran has demonstrated a strong preference for acting through proxies like Lebanese Hezbollah, the Iraqi Shiite militias, and Hamas.
Peter W. Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at New America, consultant for the U.S. military and Defense Intelligence Agency, author of multiple bestselling books including Corporate warriors, children at War; Wired for War; Cybersecurity and ...
The late, great writer and reporter Michael Kelly was a guest on my radio show almost weekly from its debut in July of 2000 through his death outside of Baghdad in April 2003.
As for Obama's culpability in the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and Iraq's demise, Thomas Ricks blames Iraq's Shiite leaders. In a recent Foreign Policy article by Ricks headlined "Who Lost Iraq? I Don't Think It Was Obama, I ...
... as General McChrystal said, make Americans think more carefully before going to war. Imagine the savings - in blood, tears and national treasure - if we had thought twice about whether we really wanted to invade Iraq," the author Thomas Ricks ...

hp_blogger_Daniel Littlewood May 19, 2015 19:48 [hp_blogger_Daniel Littlewood], Oh, and Thomas Ricks, from a journalist's perspective. boringfileclerk May 19, 2015 19:48 Have you seen Adam's Curtis' documentary "Bitter Lake"? What are your thoughts ...
Un dibattito che, con il ritiro delle truppe dall'Iraq e con la scarsa attenzione dedicata alla guerra in Afghanistan, negli ultimi anni sembrava sopito. Chiunque si azzardi a mettere in discussione pubblicamente l'eroismo di Kyle, amplificando i ...
Before he was shot to death at a Texas gun range, Kyle, who claimed he killed 150 people while working as a sniper in Iraq, oozed conviction and charisma.
I mean, Tommy Franks belly-flopped the planning for the occupation of Iraq, and many U.S. soldiers died because of it. Ricardo Sanchez blew the first year of occupation, and ditto.
Last year, the writer Rebecca Frankel published war Dogs, a study of the dog-and-handler teams that had played a large part in the U.S.
The part of the speech intended to get coverage was Obama's rationale for reengaging the United States in Iraq, more than a decade after it first invaded and following the long and painful effort to extricate itself.
In mid-September, while President Obama was fending off complaints that he should have done more, done less, or done something different about the overlapping crises in Iraq and Syria, he traveled to Central Command headquarters, at MacDill Air Force ...





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