Academic journal article Military Review

The Iraq War

Academic journal article Military Review

The Iraq War

Article excerpt

THE IRAQ WAR, Williamson Murray and Robert H. Scales, Jr., Belknap Press, Cambridge, MA, 2003, 368 pages, $25.95.

The Iraq War is not the book one would expect from Williamson Murray and Robert H. Scales, Jr., but it does have its strong points. Like Victor Hanson's Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles In the Rise to Western Power (Doubleday, New York, 2001), Murray and Scales emphasize that training and discipline are decisive factors in battle. Their succinct analysis of Iraq's history should be required reading, and the discussion of Ba'athism is crucial to understanding the instability and volatility of the region.

Murray and Scales assert that "for much of the world, victory and defeat is a simple calculation of who has boots on the ground at the end of the conflict." They do not examine what "boots on the ground" means in the Global War on Terrorism. They also do not explain how the Global War on Terrorism affects the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) and the National Guard (ARNG). In general, they ignore the contributions of the USAR and ARNG which is egregious; the Army cannot go to war without them. Murray and Scales also argue that the United States should recruit different leaders for the specialized units needed for the asymmetrical battlefield. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.