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By Michael R. Gordon

Written by means of the manager army correspondent of the New York occasions and a well known retired Marine normal, this can be the definitive account of the invasion of Iraq.

A gorgeous paintings of investigative journalism, Cobra II describes in riveting element how the yankee rush to Baghdad supplied the chance for the virulent insurgency that undefined. As Gordon and Trainor express, the brutal aftermath used to be no longer inevitable and used to be a shock to the generals on each side. according to entry to unseen records and unique interviews with the boys and ladies on the center of the struggle, Cobra II offers firsthand bills of the combating at the flooring and the high-level making plans backstage. Now with a brand new afterword that addresses what transpired after the fateful occasions of the summer season of 2003, this can be a peerless new version and research of the valuable occasion of our times.

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After laying out the plan, Franks left for Afghanistan for the installation of Hamid Karzai as the Afghan president. In Tampa, the planners continued to crank away. The sense of urgency was high. The president was interested in being briefed on an executable plan. In the Love Shack, Lieutenant Colonel John Agoglia, one of CENTCOM's main planners, speculated about the Bush administration's new war on terror and their new target: Iraq. , he noted in his diary. Did the terrorist group have a grand strategy?

Led coalition. The briefing papers that Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz took with them included three sets of potential targets: the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and Iraq. The papers asserted that only two of them--Al Qaeda and Iraq--were strategic threats to the United States. That day, Saddam had issued an open letter to the American people in which he declared that the United States was getting a taste of the pain it had inflicted on the Arab world. The Iraqi leader did not take responsibility for 9/11. 28 Rumsfeld encouraged Wolfowitz to raise Iraq at the meeting.

The web of economic sanctions seemed to be fraying and Cheney was convinced that Saddam was still a threat. He was the only senior member of the old team whose views on how to deal with Iraq had fundamentally changed. Now, Cheney wanted the Pentagon to arrange a security briefing for the president-elect. As Cohen recalled, Cheney made it clear that he did not want an eighty days around the world kind of approach. 22 On December 19, a month before Bush was inaugurated, he went to the White House to meet with the outgoing president.

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