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Task Force Patriot and the End of Combat Operations in Iraq

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ISBN-13: 978-1605907772
ISBN-10: 1605907774
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"Every officer and NCO in the US Army charged with countering an insurgency should study this richly-researched account of the realities of nation-building. American money does not create decent host-nation leaders; it does place American military leaders in impossible situations."-Bing West, Author The Strongest Tribe, and The Wrong War

"Colonel Proctor's excellent account of his experiences as a Battalion S3 should be required reading for military or civilian students, for leaders seeking to master this complex art, and for anyone interested in how Americans handled the critical transition from combat operations in Iraq."-David Kilcullen, PhD, Author Counterinsurgency

"This is a compelling account not only because it helps explain the American military experience in Iraq, but also because it reveals the difficulties that our soldiers are likely to confront in future conflicts."- Brig.Gen. H.R. McMaster, PhD, Author of Dereliction of Duty

"Lieutenant Colonel Pat Proctor provides valuable insight into the adaptability of the American Soldier and the versatility of tactical leaders in war. His compelling narrative provides an in-depth account of how his battalion implemented counterinsurgency theory in one corner of Iraq."-Lt.Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV

"Task Force Patriot is not a tedious recitation of counterinsurgency operations in Iraq. Proctor weaves intrigue into his matter-of-fact reportage and composes descriptive prose, both of which add a dash of artistry...Accessible to a general readership and technical enough to satisfy a military-minded audience, Proctor's book is instructive, candid, and thought-provoking."--Amy O'Loghlin, Foreword Reviews

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December 31, 2011 marks the end of Iraq War. Has this war been in vain?

Iraq in 2009 was a strange netherworld, not quite war but not yet peace. The country teetered on the threshold of great change with the impending national elections and the promised withdrawal of all US combat forces. These changes would usher in either an era of irreversible stability or a return to the sectarian carnage that nearly destroyed Iraq in 2006. It was during this period of uncertainty that Task Force Patriot arrived to take over as the last US combat force to occupy Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. In this gripping firsthand account of the final months of combat operations,
 
Lieutenant Colonel Pat Proctor brings his unique, insider perspective to reveal the circumstances that put this battalion in a position to turn the tide of the Iraq war. Despite resistance from insurgents, intransigent Iraqi politicians, and, occasionally, the US interagency team, this artillery-turned-infantry battalion found itself in a position to not only improve conditions in its area but also solve the last unsettled problem of the Iraq war--the sectarian divide. Task Force Patriot, through the confluence of lucky circumstances and innovative thinking, had stumbled upon a unique approach--a combination of hardball politics, economic investment, and a nuanced application of force--that could potentially end Sunni separatism in Iraq. This book tells the untold story of this critical period during the second national elections, which, eight months later, was only beginning to yield a government. More importantly, however, this book tells the story of the last crucial days of the Iraq war
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Government Institutes (November 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605907774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605907772
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,508,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First off let me say that for a non-military person like myself, this book is very difficult and time consuming to read simply because the military uses acronyms for everything. That, of course, is not the fault of the author so I didn't hold it against him in my rating. I actually had to make a cheat sheet for myself to keep things straight! As for the content of the book, I must say that it has given me a clearer understanding of how the system works and how the cultural background of the area influences the decision making process. Proctor inserts comical situations that happened as well as the tragic ones, thereby lightening the read as much as possible when dealing with such a serious topic. His descriptions of the main characters are very "vivid", especially that of my son LTC Bubba Cain. I would recommend this book for anyone who is not skittish with acronyms and confusing names.
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Proctor presented an accurate account of the situation on the ground post surge. He provided incredible insight into the inner workings of the relationships and negotiations that US teams tasked with operating in a certain region had to deal with. More importantly he was able to make the proper analysis of the Iraq War, that it was not one war but 9 different wars that took place every time a new unit came in to replace the outgoing unit and the difficulties that arise when the locals are able to keep requesting funds for projects(sometimes being paid for 3-4 times over). Corruption and power plays with the locals and the contractors were revealed in great detail. Well done.

I read this book for a course at K-State and had the pleasure to meet with Lt Col Proctor before he left for another tour. Pat Proctor is a remarkable man.

As a vet of OIF, I appreciated the acknowledgement of the elephant.

RLTW!
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