By Joseph J. Collins ( Institute for National Strategic Studies) Reviewed by Amb. (ret.) Michael Cotter ( Vice. (This is a National Defense University study paper on the Iraq war. It opens “Measured in. NDU Press of INSS publishes books, monographs, reports, and occasional papers on national and international security affairs, defense policy, and military .

Author: Nikocage Tarisar
Country: Jamaica
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Education
Published (Last): 16 October 2016
Pages: 22
PDF File Size: 3.85 Mb
ePub File Size: 8.21 Mb
ISBN: 282-1-14115-865-7
Downloads: 55379
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Malakree

If you don’t vote and disagree with the war you are ALSO to blame, for being silent! This country and everyone of its citizens will be paying for this frack-up for years if not decades. Wilson had a pretty effective propaganda organ too, in the delightfully-named Committee for Public Information.

Bush cooked it up and pretty much all of Congress signed off on it. Add us on Google Plus. Keep discussions on topic, avoid personal attacks and threats of any kind. The media’s role in this will not come as a surprise to an American people subjected to 45 minutes of trivia at the beginning of last week’s Democratic debate, moderated by comically out-of-touch anchormen.

Moreover, operations in Iraq have diverted “manpower, materiel and the attention of decision-makers” from “all other efforts in the war on terror” and severely strained the U. The report also singles out the Bush administration’s national security apparatus and implicitly President Bush and both of his national security advisers, Condoleezza Rice and Stephen Hadley, saying that “senior national security officials exhibited in many instances an imperious attitude, exerting power and pressure where diplomacy and bargaining might have had a better effect.

To me it just seems to strengthen the argument that the Iraq was was a product of incompetency. As i have said previously about my thoughts on government, it is up to the leader to surround himself with people intelligent enough in their relevant fields to make informed decissions. Follow us on Twitter. These elder statesmen and the erstwhile media “watchdogs” completely abandoned their critical thinking skills.

Series – Center for Security Studies | ETH Zurich

Recently, some have suggested the cold war-vintage Smith-Mundt Act is ill-suited to the realities of the modern media environment. If diplomats are half assed competent, there is no need for war. It says that in Novemberbefore the war in Afghanistan was over, President Bush asked Rumsfeld “to begin planning in secret for potential military operations against Iraq.


When the history of the Iraq war is written, the “revelations” in the Times will hardly merit a mention.

What disgusted me, by contrast, was that while this well-oiled effort was underway in America, our strategic communications efforts in Iraq and the greater Middle East remained bumbling and inept. The Elder Scrolls Online. Only took them 5 years to get onboard.

The chapter “Errors in decisionmaking and execution” had a nice little summary. This is why countries like Canada France and Germany refused to participate.

Strategic miscommunication

I occasional_pxpers like to just point out that the War in Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein was a smashing excuse the pun success. At the time the report was written last fall, more than 4, U. Now the Pentagon says it’s a bad idea? Remember when Saddam was toppled?

The worse part is that there is no way for us to get out of this mess with out making matters worse than what they are already. As for the National Defense University, I guess we should just hang it up and pull out now that they have finally chimed in.

In the United States, the Smith-Mundt Act of specifies when the US government can and cannot use propaganda as part of a strategic communications campaign. Wall Street advanced in low-volume trading on Monday as revelers gathered to ring inmarking the end of the worst. The people who ended up with egg on their faces were not the Bush administration or the Pentagon – though Donald Rumsfeld, in the transcripts, was as cynical and dislikeable as ever – but the generals who bought into the Pentagon’s spin and the networks who employed them.

That said I would also challenge the idea that people believed he had stockpiles of WMD. Just like in Vietnam, our military won the war, what we lost was occasional_ppaers peace.

When it works both the leader and his advisor should be praised The administration also expected that “Iraq without Saddam could manage and fund its own reconstruction. Even with the improvement in security brought on by the surge, the war in Iraq is still considered a failure in just about every way says a report from the National Defence University.

Give a fish a man and he will eat for a month! Most western countries were pretty clear on their position, they asked the US to show Iraq ocdasional_papers an immanent threat, and the US failed to do so. Bush, as leader, has played a role in these incompetances and faulty assumptions. During the first world war, po5 first neoconservative, President Woodrow Wilson, imprisonedAmericans for making “disloyal” statements during wartime.


One hopes that, for all of its problems, the decision to invade Iraq and subsequent operations there may point the way to national security reform. Rumsfeld, who was closely allied with Vice President Dick Cheney, bypassed the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the report says, and became “the direct supervisor of the combatant commanders.

An authoritarian government can start and stop wars when it decides – democracies ostensibly require the will of the people to occaslonal_papers and then carry out any type of sustained military action.

Shroud of the Avatar. If you just glanced at the front page of Sunday’s New York Times, you could be forgiven for thinking reporter David Barstow and his editors had uncovered a real scandal at the Pentagon: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. For him, there were real dividends to be gained by letting his enemies believe he possessed WMD, whether it was true or not.

Collins ends his report by quoting Winston Churchill, who said: Very interesting read insss. The report carries considerable weight because it was written by Joseph Collins, a former senior Pentagon official, and was based in part on interviews with other former senior defense and intelligence officials who played roles in prewar preparations.

Topics US news Opinion. Like us on Facebook. Originally posted by unconformed im not sure what you mean by stuff-ups so i am a little lost to how to take your comment.

Pentagon institute call Iraq war “a major debacle”

It looks like you’re new here. In the end, though, all the 8,word article revealed was that the department of defence had very cleverly manipulated popular opinion by targeting opinion makers – in this case, the retired generals who often turn up on television news as “military experts” – with the same kind of positive ocacsional_papers everyday Americans are subjected to every waking hour during a presidential campaign.

Infor example, when the US mistakenly and horrifically targeted a wedding party in Iraq, killing 40 innocent people, the spokesman in Iraq at the time lamely insisted that “bad people have parties too.