The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 17, 2004 - History - 432 pages
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Walk with America's generals, grunts, and Green Berets through the maze of unconventional wars and unsettled peace.

Four-star generals who lead the military during wartime reign like proconsuls abroad in peacetime. Secretive Green Berets trained to hunt down terrorists are assigned to seduce ruthless authoritarian regimes. Pimply young soldiers taught to seize airstrips instead play mayor, detective, and social worker in a gung-ho but ill-fated attempt to rebuild a nation after the fighting stops.

The Mission is a boots-on-the-ground account of America's growing dependence on our military to manage world affairs, describing a clash of culture and purpose through the eyes of soldiers and officers themselves. With unparalleled access to all levels of the military, Dana Priest traveled to eighteen countries—including Uzbekistan, Colombia, Kosovo, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Afghanistan—talking to generals, admirals, Special Forces A-teams, and infantry troops. Blending Ernie Pyle's worm's-eye view with David Halberstam's altitude, this book documents an historic and thought-provoking trend, one even more significant in the aftermath of September 11 as the country turns to its warriors to solve the complex international challenges ahead.
 

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A Washington Post reporter and the recipient of the 2001 Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Defense Reporting, Priest here assesses the changing role of the U.S. military in the present world. At ... Read full review

Contents

Pax Americana
11
A Different Kind of World
21
The Rise of the American Military
41
Proconsuls to the Empire
61
The Royal CinCdoms of the Persian Gulf
78
The Invisible Front Line of Central Asia
99
THE SPECIAL FORCES
107
Inside the Wire with Special Forces 121
120
Gambling with Green Berets in Colombia
195
The Indonesian Handshake
216
THE CINC AND HIS SOLDIERS IN KOSOVO
244
Waging Peace in Kosovo
275
Dritas Kosovo
292
The Mission
385
The NewIdealism
395
List of Interviews
407

ATeams in Afghanistan
141
Below the Radar in Nigeria
175

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Dana Priest reports on military and intelligence issues for the Washington Post and is the recipient of the 2001 Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Defense Reporting. She lives in Washington, DC.

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