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Book The last card : inside George W. Bush's decision to surge in Iraq / edited by Timothy Andrews Sayle, Jeffrey A. Engel, Hal Brands, and William Inboden.
Associated Name: Sayle, Timothy A., editor.
Associated Name: Engel, Jeffrey A., editor.
Associated Name: Brands, Hal, 1983- editor.
Associated Name: Inboden, William, 1972- editor.
Publication year: 2019.
Call Number DS79.76 .L37 2019
Media class: Book
Publisher: Ithaca [New York] : Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9781501715181 1501715186
Extent: viii, 408 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Total number of loans: 0
Loans this year: 0
Number of reservations: 0
"The adoption of a new counterinsurgency strategy and surge of new troops into Iraq altered the American posture in the Middle East for a decade to come. In The Last Card we have access to the deliberations among the decision-makers on Bush's national security team as they embarked on that course. In their own words, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and others, recount the debates and disputes that informed the process as President Bush weighed the historical lessons of Vietnam against the perceived strategic imperatives in the Middle East. For a president who had earlier vowed never to dictate military strategy to generals, the deliberations in the Oval Office and Situation Room in 2006 constituted a trying and fateful moment. Even a president at war is bound by rules of consensus and limited by the risk of constitutional crisis. What is to be achieved in the warzone must also be possible in Washington, D.C. Bush risked losing public esteem and courted political ruin by refusing to disengage from the costly war in Iraq. The Last Card is a portrait of leadership--firm and daring if flawed--in the Bush White House"--Publisher description.
Introduction : the American occupation of Iraq by 2006 and the search for a New Strategy / Timothy Andrews Sayle and Hal Brands -- Part 1. America's war in Iraq : 2003-2005 -- This strategy is not working : January-June 2006 -- Together forward? : June-August 2006 -- Silos and stovepipes : September-October 2006 -- Setting the stage : early November 2006 -- A sweeping internal review : mid-late November 2006 -- Choosing to surge : December 2006 -- What kind of surge? : late December 2006-January 2007 -- Part 2. How "the surge" came to be / Stephen Hadley, Meghan O'Sullivan, and Peter Feaver -- Iraq, Vietnam, and the meaning of victory / Andrew Preston -- Decisions and politics / Robert Jervis -- Blood, treasure, and time : strategy-making for the surge / Richard Betts -- Strategy and "the surge" / Joshua Rovner -- Civil military relations and the 2006 Iraq surge / Kori Schake -- The Bush administration's decision to surge in Iraq : a long and winding road / Richard H. Immerman -- The President as policy entrepreneur : George W. Bush and the 2006 Iraq strategy review / Colin Dueck.