- Gebundene Ausgabe: 271 Seiten
- Verlag: Free Press (24. April 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1597971693
- ISBN-13: 978-1597971690
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,5 x 22,9 cm
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God Willing: My Wild Ride with the New Iraqi Army (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 24. April 2008
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"Bravo to Navarro! A fast-paced, honest, insightful, and funny description of what it's like to train an Iraqi battalion."--Bing West, author of "The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the U.S. Marines" and "No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle of Fallujah"--Bing West (01/13/2007)
Ten U.S. Marines are assigned to live, train, and go into battle with more than five hundred raw and undisciplined Iraqi soldiers. A member of this Adviser Support Team, Capt. Eric Navarro, recounts their tour in vivid and brutally honest detail.Their deployment comes at a particularly important time in the war. The Battle of Fallujah is raging, and President Bush has proclaimed training the Iraqi forces is the key to winning the war. Once they stand up, we can stand down, or so the theory goes. Navarro's team, nicknamed The Drifters, faces countless roadblocks - no interpreters initially, limited supplies, little contact with other U.S. forces, and a vast cultural gulf with the Iraqis. One hackneyed and fatalistic Arabic phrase seems to sum up the mission, "Insha Allah," which translates as "God willing" or "if God wills it."Whether riding into downtown Fallujah in an unarmored Nissan pick-up truck, living in squalor in abandoned buildings, dodging trigger-happy troops, sharing "FHM" magazine with Iraqi soldiers to boost morale, or getting attacked by insurgent rockets less than an hour after arriving, life is never easy and more often surreal.The Drifters' trials and tribulations help shed light on this most under-reported aspect of the war: What is wrong with the new Iraqi Army? The answer is not as pretty as the politicians would like. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Far from the Pentagon and superdelegates, Navarro lays down a brutally honest assessment of how questionable logistics and barriers of culture and language intrude on our neat and convenient notions of democratization and nation-building - where even the basic civics of defecation becomes a test of wills. It would be brilliant satire if not for the deadly serious circumstances. Told by a true patriot, God Willing is an important testament to the real work of Iraq.
Semper Fidelis and Insha Allah.
I enjoyed the author's analysis and don't doubt the fact that they were valid somewhat. The author has a Western superiority attitude, and equates his troops to animals marking their territory, such as in the chapter on the Ninja Shitter. However, the New Iraqi Army will ultimately have to fight its own battles.
If you take away the superiority attitude and the author's belief in himself, this is a fairly enjoyable read.
In order to highlight the kinds of obstacles that Capt. Navarro and his compadres in the Advisor Support Team (a/k/a The Drifters) were forced to deal with during their tour of duty in Iraq I will quote liberally from a paragraph on page 212 of "God Willing" which seemed to neatly sum it all up: "Too many pieces were being thrown into the puzzle and none of them fit neatly together, no matter how much the President or the generals wanted them to. American contractors, Iraqui civilians, Iraqui solders--all were mixed together with marines, soldiers and sailors from a multitude of different units. No one person was in charge of it all. We were living with a complete breakdown of command and control in a combat environment." Get the picture? And when you discover that soldiers in the New Iraqui Army are allowed to take one weeks vacation each month to spend time with their families you will begin to empathize with the intense frustration of Capt. Navarro and the others who have had to put their own lives on hold and travel half way around the world in order to try to stabilize the situation in Iraq. In addition, Navarro points to a number of other serious logistical problems that impede real progress in Iraq.
As someone who has never served in the military and therefore is not familiar with military nomenclature I found that some of the terminology in "God Willing" was foreign to me. For some readers this may prove to be a bit of an obstacle to fully comprehending the issues being discussed here. Those with military experience will probably glean more from "God Willing" than the rest of us. Having said that, it is extremely important that the rest of us get up to speed on these matters. The citizenry at large cannot question policies that they really do not understand.
In "God Willing: My Wild Ride with the New Iraqui Army" Capt. Eric Navarro succeeds in arming his readers with badly needed information. "God Willing" has certainly changed the way I view events in Iraq. This is a timely and well-written book that deserves your attention. Highly recommended!
I saw him in person, and what you see on Book TV is just what you see. What Navarro never understood is that every advisor is an ambassador or sorts for this country. I don't expect him to speak the language, but he could respect another culture. His racism comes through on just about every page. He also judges every single Iraqi by his interaction with the lowest strata of Iraqi society. Not only that, this is a country that has been crippled through sanctions. What would Navarro think of an Iraqi judging him by an illiterate American? Wouldn't he resent it?
If an American advisor acted like Navarro did with a South Vietnamese unit he would be killed. I am not kidding. He wouldn't last a day with a South Korean unit, as they would kill him by lunch (my unit got into it with the ROKs over thefts in Vietnam). Just read page 57 and see what I mean. What is the point of punching somebody because they behave differently and come from a different culture? Why not try to explain the problem?
I can understand, however, Navarro's disgust with the lack of fire discipline of the Iraqis. Maybe he should see some other armies. James Webb, while reporting in Lebanon, called the Israeli Army (IDF) a fourth-rate army fighting seventh-rate Arab armies. Having spent time in Israel, I know that they have a very high level of accidental shootings. Try riding a bus with soldiers and not freaking out.
There are some cool observations on Iraqi society in this book, such as the problem with a wet dream and the need to wash in the morning by Muslims. I think Navarro, and all the other Americans who make fun of the Iraqis forget two things: Saddams army put down rebellions after the Gulf War in two seeks. How long have we been there? Secondly, those forces who put down the rebellions are now fighting us rather effectively.