By Paul Robinson, Nigel de Lee and Don Carrick, Paul Robinson, Nigel De Lee, Don Carrick
Mr. Robinson, Mr. De Lee, and Mr. Carrick
firstly, thanks a great deal for utilizing my very casual publication assessment of Thomas Ricks' Fiasco for this e-book, Ethics schooling within the army. i'm the Amazon reviewer often called "M Vigue". really, my identify is William Vigue, and that i was once a Sergeant connected to the 4th Infantry Unit in 2003 and 2004 in Iraq. i haven't learn all of your publication, yet learn the web excerpt on Colonel Sassaman and your trust that he represented disasters in army ethics through the preliminary Iraq army crusade. whereas i'm neither an army professional, nor ethics expert...my observation at the Ricks' ebook (Fiasco) used to be that he used to be too speedy guilty and make a scapegoat of Colonel Sassaman with no particularly getting an excellent history at the complexities of the world of Operation for the 4th Infantry in 2003-2004. I had learn Mr. Ricks' ebook - Making the Corps, and had favourite the author's stance on how the publish Vietnam and pre September 11 army had created a superb volunteer strength that was once made of terrible and decrease heart category younger women and men in the US. I additionally famous Ricks' competition that a lot of America's elites of the publish WW2/Korea new release had did not serve, and a few had disdain for America's volunteer army in an more and more risky, risky, and intricate pre-9/11 and publish Bosnia/Haiti international. in retrospect at Making the Corps, I felt that he envisioned tensions among a civilian led division of safeguard that had leaders who hadn't served in strive against or any army carrier for that subject utilizing the delicate all volunteer army inappropriately and as an eventually disposable device if desire be. Ricks' Making the Corps said that pre-9/11 American society will be not able to sacrifice to struggle worthy and bigger scale wars sooner or later. i feel that his remark was once lifeless on and favorite his portrayal of the army and the Marine Corps of the time. His ebook Fiasco stunned me, simply because i feel that Colonel Nate Sassaman was once minimize from an analogous textile as males that he popular in Making the Corps like destiny VA Senator James Webb. He commends Webb for making tricky and upcompromising management judgements in Vietnam, and lots compliment on Webb's fictional yet in keeping with real stories Fields of Fire.
I do commend your hyperlink of Colonel Sassaman to the united states Army's "Warrior Ethos". I firmly agree that he used to be the residing, respiring, actual deal essence of what the Warrior Ethos was once and is for the U.S. military. rather than easily echoing Thomas Ricks assumptions approximately Sassaman. I by no means observed nor heard of Thomas Ricks even being in theatre in the course of 2003-2004, less the 4th Infantry's region of Operation. I want that Sassaman might were judged extra objectively in your half. i feel the mess ups in Iraq of that first 12 months (OIF-1) all started with the civilian management on the best of the DOD and particularly on the division of kingdom and their disasters with the CPA in Baghdad. it's my opinion that Colonel Sassaman didn't got down to turn into the "warrior king'' because the manhattan occasions and Mr. Filkins might have you ever imagine. The 4th Infantry department used to be undermanned and undertrained in very complicated situational surroundings and consistently lacked help on from self serving better army specialists, ie; Colonel Rudesheim, who was once Sassaman's greater officer that infrequently left the air conditioned confines of Saddam's Tikrit Palaces, and different commanders like Ricardo Sanchez within the eco-friendly sector. No civilian DoD management dared enterprise journeys to make feedback at the flooring, and for the 1st six months in that AO, all we did used to be proceed a preserving development whereas we waited for directives on what to do. the entire whereas, the insurgency started to develop and civilians questioned how the strong American army desktop, which ran via their state in exactly 3 weeks didn't have a plan as soon as the Baath social gathering fell. As extra American squaddies died and no significant information or kind of aid from the management on the very most sensible. Colonel Sassaman and his officials had no selection yet to fall again at the Warrior Ethos and its code of taking good care of ones personal squaddies. only a few excessive rating officials of the put up Vietnam military have been prepared to hazard their careers to do this type of factor, specially and not using a transparent plan for this war's post-Saddam Iraq ambitions. even though, Colonel Sassaman learned crucial factor was once getting a lot of his males again domestic as will be attainable, whereas attempting to support the Iraqis that didn't are looking to the cruelty of Saddam's regime. Ask the Iraqi civilians in predominately Shia urban of Balad in their opinion of Colonel Sassaman, and also you notice he might were elected mayor for how he safe them from the violent Sunni enclaves open air in their urban. till the civilian planners and "perfumed princes"(as the past due nice David Hackworth may possibly say), the officials that by no means left critical Command in Qatar, or the fairway quarter in Baghdad, or the palaces of Tikrit got here up with a transparent and possible plan, Sassaman made the simplest offerings that an most unlikely scenario may supply. it's easy in hindsight to criticize him in conflict faculties and highbrow Ivy towers, with no the complexity and ever altering dynamic of twenty first century conflict at the floor. Going again to the "Warrior Ethos" used to be definitely the right factor to do, now not the inaccurate process action.
fmr Sgt. William Vigue
411 Civil Affairs connected to third Brigade of 4th Infantry - Oct 2003 to March 2004