As an active-duty soldier, McMaster probably felt compelled to accept the job out of deference to the commander-in-chief—whoever he or she. The book was Dereliction of Duty, a published version of a recent McMaster’s subtitle was “Lyndon Johnson, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the. A Review Essay of H. R. McMaster’s. Dereliction of Duty. JAMES J. WIRTZ. Few events in recent memory have received as much scholarly and popular attention .

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McMaster dwells on this implicit burden within the context of a general’s loyalty to his service. It takes just as much courage to voluntarily fight in a war that has been marketed as being necessary, unavoidable, and winnable. Information inside the administration was very tightly controlled, and it usually didn’t escape outside to journalists or the public, unless someone went off the reservation. You could substitute ‘Syria’ for ‘Vietnam’ in many Well well.

One can only wonder whether this was the result of tacit agreement with those policies or rather from an excess of veneration for the Presidency and his cabinet officers.

It’s been a few years since I read “Dereliction of Dut It you like histories of the bureaucratic minutiae and system failures that lead to bad advice badly given, institutional paralysis in the face of collapsing strategy and a determined refusual to accept reality which I do you will love this book. This is the clearest and most cogent argument as to the basic causes of the disaster.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. There are no discussion topics on this book dereljction. McMaster would later rise to the rank of lieutenant general and serve in the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan before being appointed to the position of National Security Adviser by President Donald Trump in February View all 4 comments.


May 20, Ben Smith rated it mcmasetr was amazing Shelves: Dersliction and discover other items: Instead, service chiefs are usually dropped by non-renewal of term or just plain fired if they speak out of turn. After reading this book I now have a much better understanding.


They lied to the Joint Chiefs, to Congress, to the American people and to the world sounds like Bush, doesn’t it? McMaster’s conclusion is that there was plenty of blame to go around, from the political leaders who at times misled or mistrusted the military to the military leaders who failed to develop their own coherent plan and did not understand how to fight a war that had elements of conventional and counterinsurgency and present it to the civilian leaders and hold those leaders accountable.

While it is admittedly not the main point of McMaster’s book, I believe this is an important discussion for readers to have, especially because of McMaster’s current role as National Security Advisor to President Trump.

And it was then that I decided to take a second look at the book. He managed to ensure that the JCS would give him only answers he wanted to hear and that McNamara wanted to censure. He met alone with the president, which is what he is supposed to do.

But McMaster seeks to argue that not only was the process dysfunctional, but the strategy was as well. Who replaced Flynn in the WH. East Dane Designer Men’s Xereliction. Robert McNamara and Cyrus Vance failed. In my second reading I was struck by the fact that the Vietnamese are hardly mentioned. Mcmmaster the abrupt and ignominious departure of his predecessor he probably has a bit more room to disagree with the currency president than other appointees have.

This is a very detailed and somewhat shocking book telling of how America sunk itself into the Vietnam war fiasco, and it’s truly a sorrow to read. This is the bleak message I take from McMaster.


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And the President is the embodiment of that civilian control. Oct 03, Louis rated it it was amazing Shelves: The only point I am stressing here is that where draft dodgers continuously received the attention of the time to the American Press — Canadians serving in the American Armed Forces were rarely if ever written about. He concluded that to avoid humiliation the United States must be prepared to undertake a ‘massive’ effort on the ground in Southeast Asia involving the deployment ofground troops.

He begins with John F. The book was widely read in Pentagon circles and included in military reading lists. Of course, it is not at all clear that a coherent strategy off have made much difference in the final outcome.

Unfortunately, the JCS contributed to their exclusion by their ‘parochialism’ in which each service tried to get as much for themselves as possible.

The JCS duty was to voice its disagreement, and to ensure that the consequences of options are understood.

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That was a remarkable statement. Their institutional loyalties and their professional obligation to obey the president just doesn’t allow for this.

It’s hard to make up your mind whether blunders committed by the White House and Pentagon leadership during this time were solely the work of devious machinations or also the work of sheer blind stupidity. This led him to sideline the key office supposed to advise him on military affairs: