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Author Herspring, Dale R. (Dale Roy)

Title Rumsfeld's wars : the arrogance of power / Dale R. Herspring
Published Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, [2008]


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 W'BOOL  956.70443373 Rumsfe Her/Rwt  AVAILABLE
Description xxiv, 247 pages ; 25 cm
Series Modern war studies
Modern war studies.
Contents 1. The New Administration and Military Transformation -- 2. Rumsfeld Pushes Transformation -- 3. Rumsfeld, Reform, and Shinseki -- 4. Rumsfeld's War in Afghanistan and Preparations for Iraq -- 5. Finding a Reason to Overthrow Saddam: The Die Is Cast -- 6. The Invasion of Iraq -- 7. Winning the War, Losing the Peace -- 8. Rumsfeld Is Fired -- App. A Note on Methodology
Summary "Not since Robert McNamara has a secretary of defense been so hated by the military and derided by the public, yet played such a critical role in national security policy - with such disastrous results." "Now Dale Herspring, a political conservative and lifelong Republican, offers a nonpartisan assessment of Rumsfeld's impact on the U.S. military establishment from 2001 to 2006, focusing especially on the Iraq War - from the decision to invade through the development and execution of operational strategy and the enormous failures associated with the postwar reconstruction of Iraq."
"Herspring shows that, contrary to his public deference to the generals, Rumsfeld dictated strategy and operations - sometimes even tactics - to prove his transformation theories. He signed off on abolishing the Iraqi army, famously refused to see the need for a counterinsurgency plan, and seemed more than willing to tolerate the torture of prisoners. Meanwhile, the military became demoralized and junior officers left in droves."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Rumsfeld, Donald, 1932-
United States. Department of Defense -- History -- 21st century.
United States. Department of Defense -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography.
Military planning -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Afghan War, 2001-
Iraq War, 2003-2011.
United States -- Military policy -- Decision making.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Reorganization -- History -- 21st century.
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 2008001344
ISBN 9780700615872 (cloth : alk. paper)
0700615873 (cloth : alk. paper)