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Operation Iraqi Freedom: A Strategic Assessment Paperback – January 1, 2004

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Thomas Donnelly is an AEI resident fellow in national security and defense studies and the author of several books, including Clash of Chariots: The Great Tank Battles (Berkley Publishing Group, 1996) coauthored with Sean Naylor. He was formerly the policy group director and professional staff member for the Committee on National Security (now the Committee on Armed Services) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Aei Press (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844741957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844741956
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,093,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dimitrios on November 14, 2004
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I knew Thomas Donnelly from his older book "Clash of Chariots" but I must say that this new work is much more mature and suprisingly comprehensive. It is probably the best short operational history of Operation Iraqi Freedom that one can find, including unknown details from the planning period prior to the launch of the campaign. I think that this is the kind of book that I expected to read by prominent military historians like John Keegan, but Donnelly is the one to deliver the true military aspects of the campaign. Although there are a few annoying errors inside the book (like those on pages 70 and 71 where the Marine RCTs and the respective routes they took are wrong), it is the best and most complete strategic picture of the campaign as it was conceived and executed by CENTCOM. The problems start with the chapter regarding the "insurgency" in Iraq and it is obvious that the author covers only the 2003 period up to the arrest of Saddam Husein. Thus he misses the important next phases like the peak of US losses in April 2004 due to the Sadr rebellion in Najaf, the loss of control of major cities by the coalition troops and the recent operations in Fallujah. Assessing the post-war strategic picture the author comes to contradictory conlcusions stating that the insurgency is not cohesive, it lacks external support and will eventualy collapse soon, but unfortunately the facts do not support this thesis. Iraq is not Vietnam yet (the US losses are 10 times smaller) but it threatens to become like it. It is probably too soon to judge the scope and the success of the insurgency, as well as its effects on the war on terror. The most significant negative point of the book is the total absence of maps and the reader must study it with the excellent maps of the book "March Up" in hand.
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