From Kabul to Baghdad and Back: The U.S. at War in Afghanistan and Iraq
John R. Ballard, David W. Lamm, and John K. Wood. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2012. 384 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Bibliog. Index. $42.95.
Reviewed by Shaheen Ayubi
This authoritative volume offers new insight into the complex nature of conducting two simultaneous military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, the authors—all experts in U.S. defense strategy—caution against waging wars on dual fronts. They blame such a strategy for the failure to accomplish U.S. political and military goals in the two countries as it launched its war on terrorism against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks. The book presents a serious criticism of American defense policy from 11 September 2001 to 1 May 2012. It is innovative in that it is the only major study that provides a comparative analysis of U.S. military operations in both countries. The study also examines the strategic execution of the two military campaigns to determine how successfully they were conducted given their political aims and goals.