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Knights (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) offers a detailed military narrative of America's struggle against Iraq's Baathists between 1990 and 2005, which sets the stage for his critique of US military power in the region and the asymmetric resistance capabilities of US adversaries. Drawing on interviews with American military and pol Knights (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) offers a detailed military narrative of America's struggle against Iraq's Baathists between 1990 and 2005, which sets the stage for his critique of US military power in the region and the asymmetric resistance capabilities of US adversaries. Drawing on interviews with American military and pol


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Knights (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) offers a detailed military narrative of America's struggle against Iraq's Baathists between 1990 and 2005, which sets the stage for his critique of US military power in the region and the asymmetric resistance capabilities of US adversaries. Drawing on interviews with American military and pol Knights (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) offers a detailed military narrative of America's struggle against Iraq's Baathists between 1990 and 2005, which sets the stage for his critique of US military power in the region and the asymmetric resistance capabilities of US adversaries. Drawing on interviews with American military and pol

27 review for Cradle of Conflict: Iraq and the Birth of the Modern U.S. Military

  1. 5 out of 5

    Trav

    An excellent overview of 15 years of US military involvement in Iraq. The only downfall is that, as the book was published in 2005, it does not present the complete picture. Knight's thesis is that Iraq was the place where the post-Cold War US military evolved. The comprehensive examination of US political and military involvement in Iraq from prior to the invasion of Kuwait through to the post-War election supports his thesis extremely well; however, post-election operations continued to shape An excellent overview of 15 years of US military involvement in Iraq. The only downfall is that, as the book was published in 2005, it does not present the complete picture. Knight's thesis is that Iraq was the place where the post-Cold War US military evolved. The comprehensive examination of US political and military involvement in Iraq from prior to the invasion of Kuwait through to the post-War election supports his thesis extremely well; however, post-election operations continued to shape US military thinking. That said, extending the period of coverage would only add additional weight to the thesis. It would be worthwhile, therefore, for a second edition to cover the last six years of US involvement in Iraq, ad doing so would make this THE seminal work on topic. What I enjoyed most about this work is that it provides a continuous narrative on operations in Iraq. From an air power perspective, this is unique as the focus of examination generally shifts from Desert Storm, to Deliberate Force and Allied Force, to Enduring Freedom and back to Iraqi Freedom. As context is everything, the focus on Iraq ensures one of the major variables remains unchanged, thereby enabling a more detailed examination of how other variables have shaped the application of air power. Although this is not the focus of Knight's work, he still offers useful insights. I definitely recommend this book to anyone how wishes to understand how modern military thought has been shaped in the post-Codl War era.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Al

    Knights is interested in the emergence of a “transformed” American way of war featuring precision strike, rapid operational maneuver, deception, and network-centric C4ISR. Chapter 7 provides a counter-point to Kenneth M. Pollack’s policy perspective by giving a succinct overview of the final phase of the stand-off over WMD inspections, culminating in Operation DESERT FOX. In developing an operational perspective, Knights also offers an excellent vantage point for evaluating the impact of coaliti Knights is interested in the emergence of a “transformed” American way of war featuring precision strike, rapid operational maneuver, deception, and network-centric C4ISR. Chapter 7 provides a counter-point to Kenneth M. Pollack’s policy perspective by giving a succinct overview of the final phase of the stand-off over WMD inspections, culminating in Operation DESERT FOX. In developing an operational perspective, Knights also offers an excellent vantage point for evaluating the impact of coalition and domestic political considerations, as well as the importance of societal, cultural, and religious factors in formulating strategy and policy.

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