Academic journal article Military Review

Father of Money: Buying Peace in Baghdad

Academic journal article Military Review

Father of Money: Buying Peace in Baghdad

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FATHER OF MONEY: Buying Peace in Baghdad, Jason Whiteley, Potomac Books, Washington, DC, 2011, 191 pages, $27.50.

Father of Money: Buying Peace in Baghdad is a junior officer's view of how reconstruction money used wisely can lead to reduced violence between factions, protection for U.S. soldiers, and an overall environment acceptable for the beginning of governance at the lower levels. The narrative tells how Jason Whiteley, then a U.S. Army captain in a tank battalion, served as the governance officer in the mixed Sunni-Shi'a southern Baghdad district of Dora in 2004.

Whiteley provides a riveting account of what it was like to serve at that time, approximately a year after the ground war when the Iraqis--and Americans--realized this would be a lengthy, complicated reconstruction effort. Whitely was on the scene when the military first realized how important money was to stimulate local employment and improve infrastructure in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Crossing into a realm that many military leaders might not consider permissible and with little guidance, training, or previous experience, Whiteley, who was called Abu Floos (father of money) by the local Iraqi leaders, found a way to create a fragile system in southern Baghdad that empowered traditional tribal and U. …

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