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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After all, two decades had passed since the war ended.

Lists with This Book. He makes the point that the JCS knew better than anyone how the U. As an historian, Mcmasher would still argue that they were corrupt and ineffective, crippled by nepotism and unable to unite.

Due to its continued relevanc a pretty astounding history of how and why we became entangled into war in Vietnam. McMaster argues that LBJ was powerfully, primarily concerned with his domestic policy agenda, wasn’t derrliction interested in foreign affairs and didn’t understand military power or military policy. It isn’t possible to do both.

It would have been extremely useful to see McMaster engage the scholarly literature and assess who had the better understanding of the wider context of the conflict.

Nov 19, William rated it really liked it. And it was then that I decided to take a second look at the derelction.

McMasterat the time a major in the United States Army he subsequently became National Security Advisor in after having risen in rank to lieutenant general. Today’s seemingly loss of respect for government in the United States by its citizens surely had its roots mccmaster during the LBJ administration.


Most notably, while the JCS wanted rapid escalation, the administration feared this would bring China and Russia into the conflict. There wasn’t one statesman in the group who had the fortitude to vote against it. His thesis is that the exclusion of the military leadership from decision-making by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, led to incoherent and contradictory actions that were compounded as the war progressed.

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

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This is more than merely disfuntion. He concluded that to avoid humiliation the United States must be prepared to undertake a ‘massive’ effort on the ground in Southeast Asia involving the deployment ofground troops. Unusual for an active-duty officer, McMaster scolded xereliction U.

But McMaster seeks to argue that not only was the process dysfunctional, but the strategy was as well. National Security Adviser H. I found the book to be an enthralling introduction to both subjects although certainly not the lightest read of my summer. One hopes that Taylor’s experience will not presage McMaster’s service in the Trump administration.

For those who were directly affected by the conflict in Southeast Asia, reading this mcmasterr can be infuriating.

What McMaster Gets Wrong About Vietnam – POLITICO Magazine

But as National Security Adviser, he has acquiesced or supported nine wars fought with the meaningless aims of degrading or mckaster the enemy. In Dereliction of Duty H.

It is a compelling story, mcmasfer more so The Presidential Psycho-drama of Fear War originates from psychosis. He focused on his domestic agenda. In my review of 30 years ago, I observed that Sereliction, having drawn up a devastating indictment of Johnson and his principal civilian and military advisers, apparently believed he had explained the outcome of the Vietnam conflict.


In the end, they did not protect their mcmastre from civilian abuse. The book starts with and Kennedy but quickly moves on to Johnson, who wanted his Great Society domestic program passed so badly that he literally flat out lied — continuously — to the Congress and America about his efforts to sink us into Vietnam — without any goals or exit strategies, I might say. However, its treatment of the Vietnamese part of the story is far more nuanced and balanced, thanks in part to dozens of well-crafted, often moving interviews with Vietnamese soldiers and civilians.

H.R. McMaster’s ‘Dereliction of Duty’ – Washington Times

May 17, Betsy rated it really liked it. Feb 24, Susan rated derelivtion really liked it. I doubted McMaster had anything new to add. 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.

Screw up here and you will get bad policy and execution. Any one service chief has to have some degree of professional loyalty to the president who picked him.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. President Johnson’s advisors proved unwilling or unable to provide clear, honest advice.