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. 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 . 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.

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Are there lessons here? A common trait that seems to run from Kennedy, through Johnson and Nixon to Trump is fear, fear of failure, of rejection, of being found to be inadequate, in a real sense of loss of love. There was indeed a dereliction of duty by the President, his Secretary of Defence and wider administration. But as strategists such as Sun Tzu and Clausewitz have shown, defeating the enemy is rarely the primary concern of the conflict.

Apr 20, Bill Warren dedeliction it really liked it Shelves: In the middle ofalmost exactly 30 years after I had entered the Marine Corps and begun my own journey to Vietnam, I was asked to review a new book for the New York Times. This book is definitely worth the read if you are interested on the behind the scenes into the thought process and dyty that drove our president derelidtion his cronies in a major cover-up one of the most costly wars we have ever been.

H.R. McMaster’s own ‘Dereliction of Duty’

If not in individuals then certainly in groups. National Security Adviser H. It is all too easy for a young military man to condemn the politi The book is exhaustive but it is also tedious and repetitive. The tragedy is summed up in the final sentence: Analysis by McMaster of the content of their disagreements could have helped clarify the respective merits.

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In particular, Johnson’s unwillingness to confront the political costs cmmaster either withdrawing from Vietnam or asking Congress for the money and force necessary to win the war damned the soldiers already deployed in Vietnam to a slow slog towards an intentional stalemate.

I feel better knowing that our National Security Advisor has spent his professional career studying the intersection of politics and military intervention.

McMaster claims that his principal motivations for authoring Dereliction of Duty came from his experience reading the accounts of Vietnam War soldiers while studying as a West Point cadet dutj his experience as a field commander in Operation Desert Storm. It is not just Trump who has had problems with staff rivalries, embarrassing leaks and dissident agents.

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Each fears failure and loss of affection, and yet the will to dominate causes failure and loss of affection, thus increasing fear. They appear ready to turn psychotic at any moment. Particularly dtuy groups of men in which each individual attempts to establish his will as dominant.

Mcmasetr book pinpoints the policies and motives that Johnson, McNamara and other top brass created while lying to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the American public and the U. Johnson picked as his heads of the Joint Chiefs of Staff men who would agree with him and wouldn’t roil the waters, and these heads too would censor the opinions of the other JCS members before Johnson could hear them.

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. That just does not happen. Jul 06, Adam rated it really liked it Shelves: Only Trump’s inexperience allows these to become as public as they have done.

Mar 25, Lobstergirl rated it liked it Shelves: Although the book focuses only on the period up to the end ofit is fairly easy to see where the lies would end up, even if the Americans would hang in there until I believe that this book is required reading for anyone to try to better grasp the troubling aspect of getting into wars How will it play in the press? Can we afford it or hide the cost of it?

I now wonder if he’s taken the lessons of his book to heart, and will be willing and able to provide sound military and security advice to President Trump. He can’t imprison or execute his foes; he can’t form a reliable alliance with legislative politicians; he can’t be explicit about his goals lest he be held politically to account; he can’t even get rid of his own people without the risk of them spilling the beans on his real actions and motivations.

What are the limits of executive power in initiating military action? View all 9 comments. While I think the book is too light on the military, the failure of both process and strategy ultimately rest with the President. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Click here for reprint permission.

Johnson ‘s staff, alongside the military and particularly the Joint Chiefs of Staffto provide a successful plan of action to pacify either a Viet Cong insurgency or decisively defeat the North Vietnamese Army. For those that recall the return of PFC Garwood, we as young troops at the time in were quite taken by all the anger that was easily displayed by those above us — Garwood was supposedly captured in outside of Danang where the Marines had first landed in March of that year.


He managed to ensure that the JCS would give him only answers he wanted to hear and that McNamara wanted to censure. 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.

I’m a disgruntled general for 48 hours and then I am out of sight, Right? But it is not easy to choose which which one you want to hold onto. The book was Dereliction of Duty, a published version of a recent history dissertation completed at the University of North Carolina by an Army Major named H.

In such an environment deceit becomes a necessity for the creation of almost any policy from war, to welfare, to justice. Can we straddle the divide between seeming soft on communism and being perceived as warmongers?

Retired Brigadier General Douglas Kinnard said that the book is built around examining and interpreting four key Washington decisions that were of major influence on the American involvement in Indochina:.

Eventually,in just a few years, the “war” ripped apart the fabric of the nation creating wounds t Today’s seemingly loss of respect for government in the United Sereliction by its citizens surely had its roots established during the LBJ administration. If you are completely new to the Vietnam War this shouldn’t be your first book on it.

And at key decision points, he demonstrates through cited material pages out of are footnotes! He holds a PhD in American history. Studying presidential decision-making was congenial to dutyy American historians of the s and 80s who had been trained in political or diplomatic history and had relatively little interest in, or knowledge of, Asia or of military affairs.

General Pace said he and the other Joint Chiefs were debriefing commanders just back from the front lines, including one colonel recognized as a rising star and creative thinker—Col H. The odd thing is that a reading in today’s time is startlingly relevant. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force all fought their own wars with limited jointness.