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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derepiction The book was written as part of his Ph. In my recollection of the events from ’63 through ’69, everything moved very quickly and it looked like Johnson set out to take our dut to war. I never knew Johnson, McNamara, the Bundy brothers and Taylor were such lying assholes, as well as Rusk, McNaughton and the other civilians in charge of planning the war. Fully and convincingly res “The dereloction in Vietnam derelictionn not lost in the field, nor was it lost on the front pages of the New York Times or the college campuses.

As America begins to send troops to South Vietnam to start conducting offensive operations for the first time while refusing to mobilize the reserves, General Harold Johnson, the JCS in charge of the Army, “was to preside over the disintegration of the Dere,iction a disintegration that began with the president’s decision against mobilization. However, what McMaster demonstrates without ever making the point explicit is that the systematic deceit by the administration is not something of narrow historical relevance to the war in Vietnam, or even to the wider issue of the organisational effectiveness of the executive branch.

Screw up here and you will get bad policy and execution. 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.

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They did this for a variety of reasons including excessive caution, interservice rivalries, personal relationships and obligations and ignorance or willful misunderstanding of the actual state of affairs in Vietnam. This was particularly noticeable when Johnson virtually insisted upon the loyalty of the JCS, and demanded that the U. McMaster dwells on this implicit burden within the context of a general’s loyalty to his service.


Just as we gradually escalated our military engagement in Vietnam with no concrete aims which lead to defeat, we are doing the same in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Libya on Mr. He didn’t pull out of Vietnam.

Finally, they have demonstrated that the two Vietnam wars cannot be understood as simply a duel between communists and anti-communists.

However this propagandistic lying was the tip of an iceberg of duplicity. Harold Johnson’s inaction haunted him for the rest of his life.

When you read these people talking about deerliction of blood in warfare as if it was mere pittance or like squishing bugs on a floor 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 States by its citizens surely had its roots established during the LBJ administration.

Our military strategy is indistinguishable from our delusional Vietnam strategy: In such an environment deceit becomes a dwreliction for the creation of almost any policy from war, to welfare, to justice.

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 derelcition also the work of sheer blind stupidity. McMaster from the Conclusion Dereliction Of Duty is a stunning new analysis of how and why the United States became involved in an all-out and disastrous war in Southeast Asia.

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The odd thing is that a reading in today’s time is startlingly relevant. While I appreciated McMaster’s thorough command of the subject and sometimes to-the-minute information, I found it very difficult to ever build momentum or get into the book. In spite of its expansive sounding title, this book has a fairly narrow focus.

The book examines McNam From wiki: This is a useful volume.

But he changed his mind while on the way, reasoning that he would just be replaced. McMaster talked about his derekiction book, Dereliction of Duty: 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 McMaster, on the other hand, has a reputation of being a tough-talking, straight-shooting military officer, who has never hesitated to say what he thought even if it meant criticizing the military establishment and running the risk of being passed over for promotion.


Most notably, while the JCS wanted rapid escalation, the administration feared this would bring China and Russia into the conflict.

But as strategists such as Sun Tzu and Clausewitz have shown, defeating the enemy is rarely the primary concern of the conflict.

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

Spector praised many aspects of the book, but criticized the author’s emphasis on the shortcomings of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the outcome of the war, as opposed to the strengths of North Vietnamese military strategy and tactics.

But the same holds true for business. It had far less influence in the south. Apr 20, Bill Warren rated it really liked it Shelves: While this mentality may help manage political problems it had no sensible application to military operations. For one thing we now have a new generation of scholars who read Vietnamese, Chinese and Russian and have been able use the limited archival sources in Hanoi and Saigon as well the flood of new historical material from Eastern Europe, China and the former Soviet Union that became available with the end of the Cold War.

McMaster argues that LBJ was powerfully, primarily concerned with his domestic policy agenda, wasn’t terribly interested in foreign affairs and didn’t understand military power or military policy. Nov 19, William rated it really liked it. As a result by the end ofadvisors and bombing were not enough.

Altogether, this is a sharp, and still relevant work. 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.

McMaster also details why military actions intended to indicate “resolve” or to “communicate” ultimately failed when trying to accomplish sparsely detailed, confusing, and conflicting military objectives.

Instead they saw themselves as spokesmen for the President. All too often advisers are hesitant to disagree with presidents or even give them bad news.

There are some interesting and timely questions evaluated here: