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Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror Hardcover – March 19, 2004
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Dismissing critics of the Bush Administrations approach to the war on terror, this hawkish manifesto calls for more of the same. The authors, both retired generals and Fox News pundits, allow that terrorism involves a worldwide network of Muslim radicals aiming at a global Islamic empire and possibly plotting nuclear attacks on American cities. But they insist that the spread of terrorism will not be stanched through "the law-enforcement paradigm of counterterrorism" or the settlement of Middle East political crises, but by going after the state sponsors (including Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and North Korea) that the authors identify as being part of the "Web of Terror." The authors nod to soft measuresencouraging democratization and public diplomacy initiativesto foster moderation in the Muslim world, but the heart of their agenda is regime change. As the authors would have it, North Korea must dismantle its nuclear program or face U.S. invasion. Syria, unless it stops supporting terrorism and coughs up the Iraqi WMDs the authors say its hiding, should also be invaded. Saudi Arabia should be nudged toward a diversified economy and political reform, but if Islamic radicals take over, it too must be invaded. Iran, too big to invade, should be slapped with an embargo and naval blockade, while Pakistan should be enticed with aid packages into curbing its nuclear proliferation and cracking down on the Taliban and al-Qaeda. The authors ambitious schedule of ultimatums and conquests leads them to focus almost exclusively on the U.S. military, for which they recommend the Rumsfeld doctrine of light, mobile forces, supplemented by additional weapons spending. Homeland security gets scant attention beyond vague proposals for a Terrorist Security Department and Special Terrorist Courts involving substantial infringements on due process. With little analysis of costs and feasibility and not enough attention to homeland security, the authors blueprint may not satisfy those who dont already support the ready use of U.S. military might. Photos.
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How to win the war on terror: a blueprint
Tom McInerney and Paul Vallely are retired generals (Air Force and the Army). Theyve devoted their lives to defending America. Now theyre military analysts for FOX News, privy to up-to-the-minute reports and inside sources. They know everything thats going on within the Pentagon, the CIA, and other government agencies.
Theyre also smart. When other analysts were wringing their hands and whining about "quagmires" in Afghanistan and Iraq, they calmly predicted relatively easy and decisive American victoriesand they were right.
In Endgame, they devote their experience and expertise to the question of how to win the war on terror. Unlike our past enemies, radical Islam is not confined to particular nationsand thus cannot be defeated solely through conventional warfare against enemy states. Endgame is a blueprint for victory over this tenacious and bloodthirsty foe. It details the new strategy that America must adopt to fight this very new kind of war were in, and reveals a wealth of inside information (including the location of Saddams weapons of mass destruction).
The terrorists main target, say McInerney and Vallely, is America. But their threat, they say, is inseparable from radical Islams global Web of Terror. Thus in formulating a viable strategy to meet the terror threat to America, they span the range of current global hotspots:
· How we must respond to each of the eight countries that make up the principal elements of the international Web of Terror
· What America could do to reducequickly and drasticallythe international threat from al-Qaeda
· The key to achieving lasting success in Afghanistan
· What Pakistan must do in order to prove itself truly to be our ally in the war on terror
· Why Iran will fall even more easily than Iraq did, and may reform itself without American intervention
· How Syria is a domino waiting to falland why its an ideal place to use Americas dominant sea and air power
· Why rogue state North Korea is an ally of radical Islamand how to disarm nuclear North Korea now
Above all, say McInerney and Vallely, this is a battle of wills. During a visit to Baghdad, McInerney and Vallely were told by one young soldier that the war on terror cant be lost on the battlefield; but it can be lost if the will of the American people falters. This book gives expert insight into why we fight, and what we must do to win.
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When explosions set off by the same affiliated groups rock places as far apart as Manila and Tel Aviv, Casablanca and Nairobi, New York and Mosul, Istanbul and Bali, Jakarta and Moscow, Addis Ababa and Riyadh and Baghdad - there can be no denying that there is a global war. The war was not begun by any one western power - nor by any one American administration. They have largely been on the receiving end.
The stunning scope and primitive ends of the terrorists' actions make clear they must be defeated for the world to move forward.
I know of no book that reflects a greater sophistication about the war that must be waged against the terrorists. I bought this for a Father's Day present- and then read it myself - it is both gripping and authoritative, obviously timely and convincing.
This one is excellent - and I'd strongly recommend it.
Lt General McInerney and Maj. General Vallely are the only two commentators who got Afghanistan and Iraq right from the beginning. The real hidden jewel in this book is the introduction by Col. Oliver North. It is the best 32 pages I have read in a very long time and should be required reading for every American no matter what their politics.
While some folks have touted this book as Hawkish and neo-con oriented, its not necessarily fair to extrapolate the politics of a war where we are already committed 3+ years to winning and have been very successful. Critics of the war continue to drag out old news even as al-Zarcowi has been caught with careful, detailed and persistent efforts by the co-alition of the willing. These two retired Generals tell a great tale and paint Americas military in a positive light.
It's a short read. It also talks about why Americans fight and to what end they bring their values to the battlefield against an enemy that really hates the West. Read this book!
As a side note I would add that Valleley just returned from Falluja in Iraq where he witnessed close - up what he said is now the most terror- free city in that country. He commended the US Marines for their actions in rooting out the terror which had been perpetrated by Iraqis against their fellow Iraqis. I write this because one reviewer on Amazon had chided Valleley for talking about fields of battle he was not close to. Valleley as I understand it did two tours of duty in Vietnam.
In any case the authors of this book believe that the US should hit at the state- supporters of Terror. They believe that it is a mistake to talk about a prolonged war upon Terror, and give a blueprint for decisive victory. They are not against diplomatic action and suggest that it must be tried fully .But if it should fail then the suggestion is that the US has the military means to defeat the terror- supporting states .Vallely cites surveys which say the US is very popular among the Iranian people a fact that the mullahs wish to suppress.
Vallely's blueprint as I understand it was accurate in predicting swift US victories in Afghanistan and Iraq. And this he now thinks the US made a mistake by not setting up immediately a provisional government. His sense however is that while this may have cost the US nine months to a year the US is winning this war and on its way to victory.
My own sense I am reluctant to say is a bit less optimistic. I am troubled at the thought of a Shiite superstate Iran- Iraq - Lebanon which becomes a dominant Mideast power. The Iranians are not about to give up their nuclear program. They have a China and Russian veto at the Security Council. They have oil money flowing in and support throughout the Islamic third and even European worlds.
It seems to me that the Iranian question is the key to the whole war on Terror. Vallely believes that the US can in a matter of days without sending considerable ground - troops defeat Iran, and move it to regime change. It is not however at all clear at the price which would be paid for this especially by US's number one ally in the war against Terror , Israel.
Vallely believes the Bush Administration now is on the right course, is more clear about its aims than during the first Bush Administration and is on its way to winning the war against Terror.
I think that every human being on earth including those now imprisoned in the ' terror- supporting states' will breathe freer should the plan of the Endgame be successfully realized.