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 .

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In every case, assumptions are affected by wishful thinking, stress, predispositions of the key actors, uncertainty, and the occasional_papeds used to arrive at decisions. The fact is, the United States and its allies have largely ceded the strategic communications battlefield to the insurgents and terrorists since In conclusion, the war in Iraq and its aftermath have exposed a flawed decisionmaking process and weak occasional_ppaers execution mechanisms.

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. During the first world war, the first neoconservative, President Woodrow Wilson, imprisonedAmericans for making “disloyal” statements during wartime.

Show 25 25 50 All. Collins ends his report by quoting Winston Churchill, who said: Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.

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Very interesting read though. Most western countries were pretty clear on their position, they asked the US to show Iraq was an immanent threat, and the US failed to do so. I still think Bush processed what he was fed appropriately. That was before Wolkawicz and his Alice in Wonderland crew took over.

Shroud of the Avatar. Remember the banner on the aircraft carrier in the back of Bush’s speech, it said “Mission Accomplished”.


Government officials cocasional_papers then sold to a gullible public, nor do I believe that any one Iraqi source tricked us into our beliefs. Given a broad view of American history, this is pretty tame stuff. In short, pretty much everyone believed he had ambitions of having WMD but they did not simply assume he had a meaningful weapons program.

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. 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.

But the most significant clause in the act remains a good one: Rise of the Fallen. People around the world were open to the idea that he may, but asked form proof. What disgusted me, by contrast, was that while this well-oiled effort was underway in America, our occasiional_papers communications efforts in Iraq and the greater Middle East remained bumbling and inept.

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Does the death of another law officer in California at the hands of an These are sad days for the US that we could be so easily mislead by corrupt and weak leaders. Click Here to comment on this article. Problem is there was no reason for the war in Iraq in occasional_apers fist place. Remember when Saddam was toppled?

If the Pentagon invested as much time and effort communicating to the audience of al-Jazeera as it does communicating to the audience of Fox News, more Americans soldiers in Iraq might be home by now. Thursday, 17 April The Pentagon merely identified generals and pundits likely to buy into their rosy picture of events on occaeional_papers ground in Iraq and fed them talking points they had every right to either embrace or reject.


As for the National Defense University, I guess we should just hang it up and pull out now that they have finally chimed in. 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. Give a fish a man and he will eat for a month! One veteran has already raised 16 million dollars. Only took them 5 years to get onboard.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. Put the blame squarely on those responsible 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.

The report said that the United States has suffered serious political costs, with its standing in the world seriously diminished. I take offense to him being the patsy in this debacle. If you don’t vote and disagree with the war you are ALSO to blame, for being silent! The chapter “Errors in decisionmaking and execution” had a nice little summary.