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No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah Paperback – September 26, 2006
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"This is the face of war as only those who have fought it can describe it."âSenator John McCain
Fallujah: Iraqâs most dangerous city unexpectedly emerged as the major battleground of the Iraqi insurgency. For twenty months, one American battalion after another tried to quell the violence, culminating in a bloody, full-scale assault. Victory came at a terrible price: 151 Americans and thousands of Iraqis were left dead.
The epic battle for Fallujah revealed the startling connections between policy and combat that are a part of the new reality of war.
The Marines had planned to slip into Fallujah âas soft as fog.â But after four American contractors were brutally murdered, President Bush ordered an attack on the cityâagainst the advice of the Marines. The assault sparked a political firestorm, and the Marines were forced to withdraw amid controversy and confusionâonly to be ordered a second time to take a city that had become an inferno of hate and the lair of the archterrorist al-Zarqawi.
Based on months spent with the battalions in Fallujah and hundreds of interviews at every levelâsenior policymakers, negotiators, generals, and soldiers and Marines on the front linesâNo True Glory is a testament to the bravery of the American soldier and a cautionary tale about the complexâand often costlyâinterconnected roles of policy, politics, and battle in the twenty-first century.
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There is then the seamless move to the battles, not just in Fallujah, but Ramadi and Sadr City as well. All of these were battles for cities, i.e. street fighting or as it is now called "operations in the urban terrain." It wasn't quite as bad as Stalingrad, Berlin and Budapest in WWII, but then the US forces engaged rarely exceeded an infantry regiment or brigade against high odds, albeit made up of untrained, but often fanatical fighters. The descriptions of these engagements are both hair-raising and exciting; this was a book hard to put down, even knowing the end.
There is a constant switching between the fighting and the "big picture" view and this is essential for gaining a knowledge of how the United States conducted its occupation and nation-building in Iraq. In fact, even in spite of many missteps, this turned out to be successful by the end of 2008 and started deteriorating afterwards when Pres. Obama announced the withdrawal of US troops.
Be that as it may, there were missteps enough in 2003-4 and the author describes them in detail but without acrimony or hyperbole. Indeed, he is careful to write history objectively, with personal views/conclusions limited mainly to the last chapter. I found it difficult to disagree with them. The author, by the way, is eminently well qualified for the subject by way of his service in the USMC and the Defense Department.
This is actually rather a short book, but it contains two long excerpts from Bing West's other books on Iraq and I am planning to buy both, although the excerpts by themselves are very useful.
I value his analysis, opinions, and advice and would recommend it to anyone likely to find themselves in any future fights. The extreme bravery of our troops shouldn't be allowed to be required so carelessly. The lesson learned (or which should be learned) have come at a higher price than should have been required to pay.
P.S. IMHO, North Korea learned to go deep underground, perhaps even before 1950, as they (and China) considered ways to blunt the effectiveness of atomic bombs, dig deep and disperse troops and targets that aren't dug in. Anyone who thinks they can "simply" use nukes doesn't have a clue to how much collateral damage there would be.