American Elephants

Mission Accomplished. Honor Those Who Made It Possible! by The Elephant's Child
February 21, 2010, 9:49 pm
Filed under: Freedom, History, Iraq, Military | Tags: , ,

Here’s a must-read article on our mission in Iraq by David Bellavia, author of  House to House: A Tale of Modern War, an absolutely unputdownable account of the Battle of Fallujah in 2004.

If you haven’t read House to House, I recommend it highly.  It is one of the great combat stories of all time, searing, honest and compelling.

But don’t miss his post “Our Mission is Finally Accomplished…  Anyone Care?”

The gentlemen of PowerLine add:

Gabriel Ledeen served two tours in Iraq with the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. He is now studying at Stanford Law School. He writes to ask his friends to “read this article, written by decorated combat veteran and author David Bellavia. It is an almost perfect expression of what it feels like to be a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (now concluded), trying to assimilate back into a society that doesn’t understand what our war was and is.” Readers may know Bellavia by House to House, his account of the Battle of Fallujah as seen through the eyes of an infantryman who was there and who played a heroic role in it.

JOHN adds: House to House is one of the most riveting books, and maybe the best book about warfare, I’ve read. If you haven’t read it, you should.

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I was happy to read this book when Jay loaned it to me when I was out west visiting him. One, because I enjoy that type of book, and two because it does sort of disprove the PR machine Marines have in taking credit for the actions mostly made possible by the Army. I still respect Marines, seeings as how they are in my lineage, but I still say they are empty jarheads (from an old army grunt!)


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