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December 6, 2015


Michael M. O'Brien 

The book is based on actual events.A true story of how one very powerful country destroyed a very weak one, while all along professing to save it.
Some names have been omitted.
(from book)
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(from Amazon)
America's Destruction of Iraq by Washington insider Michael M. O'Brien details the origins of radical Islamic terrorism now spreading across the Middle East and North Africa. The outgrowth of America's involvement in Iraq, culminating with its March 2003 invasion, is the Islamic State-the most violent terrorist organization in history. Michael O'Brien is an outlier: a conservative and former political appointee in the administration of George W. Bush, with an abiding contempt for the political and military mismanagement of the Iraq War, officially referred to as Operation Iraqi Freedom. A graduate of West Point and former Infantry officer, and a former U.S. government Contracting Officer, O'Brien saw the effects of the Iraq invasion from the inside out-not as a soldier but as a contractor advising the new Iraqi Army and Ministry of Defense on its physical infrastructure, including the acquisition of land and Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) originally built for Coalition forces. Compounding in outrage, compelling in detail, Michael O'Brien condemns the waste of tens of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars, and the needless loss of American and Iraqi lives. The Bush administration's desire for war was built on fabricated intelligence and the political agendas of a handful of senior officials. But it is the senior American military for whom O'Brien has his greatest disdain. They should have known how to properly execute the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, and the courage to tell their political superiors what it would take to succeed, come what may to their careers. America's Destruction of Iraq is a detailed exposé of the "military-industrial complex" President Eisenhower warned America of in 1961. Only someone with Michael O'Brien's background and experience, who was at the heart of America's so-called 'reconstruction' of Iraq, can accurately describe America's intervention in Iraq for what it is: a disaster in magnitude equal to the quagmire of the Vietnam War.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
-Edmund Burke (1729-1707)

This is quite a long book. The book will open your eyes and your view of the Iraq war.
Written by Michael O'Brien, who served in Iraq around 2006 as a civilian contractor (but who was active military for five years after graduating from West Point). This is a true account of Mr. O'Brien's contact with military corruption, officers being promoted even though there was such incompetence.  Some of those in charge of rebuilding Iraq after the Second Gulf War had a lack of accountability.  No body wanted to take the blame for errors made. Mr O'Brien wrote a very detailed book about the failure to claim victory at the end of Desert Storm and why. I did find that the author often repeats himself. The book is definitely an eye opener and somethings remain to think about. The author has written a perspective that comes from himself, from spending time in Iraq as a contractor. This was during the George W. Bush administration.  Some books written after the troops were pulled don't have this personal view.  Mr. O'Brien was there, seeing, breathing and taking it all in.
The author holds both Bush presidents and all of their advisers to blame for the lack of victory.

 There is much criticism as to the way the U.S. conducted everything.  The author spreads the criticism to all involved, including the four most recent United States presidents along with others, including generals and lower ranking officers and civilians. Mr. O'Brien dealt with much of this while in Iraq.
He offers some suggestions for our domestic and foreign policies, one being, bringing the draft back. 
I learned a lot by reading this book.  You have to go into it with an open mind.  The author obviously did an enormous amount of research and I found the book to be well written. After the initial fighting stopped in Iraq, things became a real nightmare.  The U.S. went in there to rebuild the infrastructure and to train the Iraqis to take care of themselves.  But, there was such a lack of trust and communication between everyone. Civilians and military troops put their lives on the line every minute of everyday, which was especially hard when those in charge didn't have the proper training or experience.There are several photos in the book showing the terrible facilities that were built along with the Iraqi problems they now face. There are some problems with the book such as the repeating of things and some of the rather childish remarks he makes about people.  All in all, I found the book to be very informative, interesting, educational and  leaves you thinking long after you've read the book.  Maybe this is one author who wasn't afraid to speak his mind about what went on and is going on.
Perhaps those in power should read this book and think about mistakes that were made before we go into another war and do the same thing again.

Americans can't afford to keep losing our heroes to death or disabilities.  Americans are hurting and crying  inside.  They don't want any more.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author for my unbiased view of the book.

I would give the book 4 STARS.
AMERICA'S DESTRUCTION OF IRAQ is written by Michael O'Brien.  He was a civilian contractor in 2006 in Iraq.  After graduating from West Point, the author was active military.


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