The Insurgents E–pub/Kindle
I don t think I ve given 5 stars before but I think it s deserved in this case This book is partially a stars before but I think it s deserved in this case This book is partially a of Petraeus and one of the things that ept me reading it was wondering what the author would conclude about him in the end It is definitely not a hagiography of Petraeus but also not a take down with malicious intent Because of this I would say it is a very *Accurate And Appropriate Account *and appropriate account US war making in the first decade of the 21st century In the end Petraeus is a bit of a tragic character Intelligent successful and ambitious but perhaps misguided in his zeal COIN methods turn out to have significant dependencies outside of the control of the commanders and several significant ambiguities Kaplan gives a well researched and fascinating account of the rise of the insurgents in US military strategy ie those like General David Petreaus Lt Col John Nagle author of the modern classic Eating Soup with a Knife David Kilcullen and other advocates of the still highly contraversal COIN Counter insurgency strategy that was embraced "This is an exceptional book on many levels First as a military history it stands on its own "is an exceptional book on many levels First as a military history it stands on its own A detailed well sourced readable look at the intellectual groundings of the planning for and the implementation of the US Army. The Insurgents is the inside story of the small group of soldier scholars led by General David Petraeus who plotted to revolutionize one of the largest oldest and most hidebound institutions the United States military Their aim was to build a new Army that could fight the new Charlestown Blues kind of war in the post Cold War age not massive wars on vast battlefields but small wars in cities and villages against insurgents and terrorists These would be wars not only of fighting but of nation building often not of necessity but of choiceBased on secret documents private emails and interviews with than one hundredey characters. S new counterinsurgency manualBut strip away the topic and it s an exceptional story of organizational leadership dealing with change bureaucratic in fighting politics and organizational culture Any businessperson or MBA student will find parts of The Insurgents relevant Just a great book If there is any criticism of it I would say that it focuses so heavily on Ira that there is not enough focus on Afghanistan That may be that the policies that worked in Ira have not had the same effect in Afghanistan or it may be for one of many other reasons But I found it a telling note and wanted to mention it On November 9 2012 coincidentally my 42nd birthday David Petraeus announced his resignation as CIA Director and admitted that he had had an affair with his recent biographer Paula Broadwell Unlike many people I was not even slightly surprised Several Months Unlike many people I was not even slightly surprised Several Months on April 14 2012 to be precise I had just finished reading Ms Broadwell s book All In The Education of General David Petraeus and was discussing it with my wife As soon as she saw the photograph on the back of the book see photo here Paula Broadwell my wife immediately asked Are they fucking to which I replied I don t now but it certainly looks like it if it was that obvious I replied I don t now but it certainly looks like it if it was that obvious both of us without. Including Petraeus the tale unfolds against the backdrop of the wars against insurgents in Ira and Afghanistan But the main insurgency is the one mounted at home by ambitious self consciously intellectual officers Petraeus John Nagl H R McMaster and others many of them classmates or colleagues in West Point's Social Science Department who rose through the ranks seized with an idea of how to fight these wars better Amid the crisis they forged a community some of them called it a cabal or mafia and adapted their enemies'techniues to overhaul the culture and institutions of their own ArmyFred Kaplan describes how. .
Being personally acuainted with either General Petraeus or Ms Broadwell it should have been obvious to nearly everyone as soon as the book was released the
*previous January While I think that the puritanical attitude toward sexual infidelity in this country is infantile hypocritical *January While I think that the puritanical attitude toward sexual infidelity in this country is infantile hypocritical and frankly idiotic it was absolutely clear to me that General Petraeus was heading for a fall and would no doubt be publicly shamed vilified by every political swine in this benighted country as soon as they took their heads out of their asses long enough to notice the obvious Having said all that I nonetheless awaited this current book with intense curiosity It is my opinion that David Petraeus was the most brilliant and talented US Army officer since the late David H Hackworth One of the things I learned from All In was that General Petraeus had tastes in reading material which were surprisingly similar to my own and I looked forward to learning about the group of officers academics around him who had become so influential in recent years I was not disappointed This book was well written and fascinating and I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in either the recent history of the US Army insurgencycounterinsurgency or simply Military History in general. These men and women maneuvered the idea through or simply Military History in general. These men and women maneuvered the idea through bureaucracy and made it official policy This is a story of power politics ideas and personalities ;and how they converged to reshape the twenty first century American military But it is also a cautionary tale about how creative doctrine can harden into dogma how smart strategists today can win the battles at home but not the wars abroad Petraeus and his fellow insurgents made the US military adaptive to the conflicts of the modern era but they also created the tools and made it tempting for political leaders to wade into wars that they would be wise to avoid.