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

We never thought we could win, never expected to win, and wanted to escape Vietnam just “bloodied. Demented colonialism mixed with a mcmasyer errand pride and ignorance. It begins approximately in the Kennedy administration and goes on to spend most of its time inwhere it ends. The principal civilian planners had mcmasfer that to guarantee American credibility, it was not necessary to win in Vietnam.

Want to Read saving…. Apr 20, Bill Warren rated it really liked it Shelves: McMaster’s scrutiny of the Joint Chiefs and their advice on commitment to South Viet Nam as well as various entities at State, USAID, and the Director of Central Intelligence and how the military experts were either ignored or shut down by an exclusive clique of like-minded people with access to the President is a great piece of history. McMaster shows, as have others, that lying to the press and the public about Vietnam was routine for every administration from Eisenhower through Nixon.

This 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. This led him to sideline the key office supposed to advise him on military affairs: The result was a series of policy compromises that rarely had anything to do with optimizing military performance. Sep 08, Scottnshana rated it really liked it. The book examines McNam From wiki: And the President is the embodiment of that civilian control.

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Apr 12, Pat Herndon rated it liked it. 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 and his experience as a field commander in Operation Desert Storm.

But I think that the book lacks empathy. Through their own actions as well as through the manipulation of Taylor and McNamara, the Chiefs missed their opportunity to influence the formulation of a strategic concept for Vietnam, and thereafter always found themselves in the difficult position of questioning a policy that the president had already approved. For those who were directly affected by the conflict in Southeast Asia, reading this book can be infuriating. In the end, they did not protect their services from civilian abuse.

According to McMaster, they lied to the President, to the Nation, and possibly even to themselves. There is an anecdote that at one point, General Harold Johnson, Chief of Staff of the Army, had asked his driver to take him to the White House, so he could offer his resignation in protest.

All too often advisers are hesitant to disagree with presidents or even give them bad news. Interservice rivalry prevented the JCS from speaking with one voice on Vietnam policy, which contributed to the parochialism over how the war was to be fought. 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. These writers have reminded us that a unified state on the territory of the modern Socialist Republic of Vietnam existed only for about 60 years after The central problem arises from attempting to successfully wage any sort of limited but extended warfare in a democratic society.

He paints the JCS as little more than stooges kept out of the loop of actual military planning.

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May 17, Betsy rated it really liked it. That was a remarkable statement.

He focused on his domestic agenda. McMaster recognizes that the first loyalty of the military is to the U. Return to Book Page. When you read these people talking about loss of blood in warfare as if it was mere pittance or like squishing bugs on a floor Goodreads helps you keep track derelictionn books you want to read.

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The Failure of H. A prominent example is Enron, where of all the executives who were aware of the illegal energy transactions and security transactions, but three were known to have voiced their opposition. McMaster is very clear about how the national security decision-making process failed to force the President and his top advisers to grapple with the fundamental questions of what the U.

May 29, Spectre rated it it was amazing Shelves: In itself this concept promotes tension and duplicity, particularly between the President and members of Congress who, as has been shown recently, have no necessary commonality of interests. S policy in Vietnam in order to protect the President from criticism.

Ho, she argued, was the true embodiment of this long tradition of resistance to foreign domination and invasion. Spector 20 July As an historian, I would still argue that they were corrupt and ineffective, crippled by nepotism and unable to unite.

I could resign, and then what am I? Lists with This Book. They are neither seen nor heard in our debates about war and peace. National Security Adviser H.

View all 24 comments. One such collateral effect of the Vietnam war not discussed in this book were the draft dodgers of the era. Constitution, not to the temporary occupant of the White House.

The French, the Americans and the Vietnamese who sided with them were simply on the wrong side of history. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.