Steven Peterson's Reviews > Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

Cobra II by Michael R. Gordon
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Feb 06, 2011

really liked it

This is a must read book on the military strategy and tactics in the invasion of Iraq. One can only be impressed with the swift victory and the valor of American troops. The use of information direct from the front gives this book a genuine sense of authenticity regarding the war. For details about the invasion of Iraq, this is a "must read."

Equally important, though, is the brief concluding analysis by the authors of what happened after the successful capture of Baghdad. And this, of course, is the rub. Poor postwar planning clearly undermined the original military success. The authors note the following problematic factors affecting post-invasion events:

1. Misreading the enemy and the structure of political power in Iraq;
2. Overreliance on technological advancement;
3. Failure to adapt to developments on the battlefield;
4. Dysfunction of American military structures;
5. The Administration's disdain for nation-building.

Again, a key work on the actual details of the invasion with some useful lessons as to what went wrong afterwards. . . . By now, timebound on implications, witht he "facts on the ground" having moved ahead.

Nonetheless, a good examination of the invasion itself.

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