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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He refers to the war as a “disaster” but at different points it is unclear whether he believes that because the means were wrong or simply inadequate or because the ends themselves were unachievable.

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

Views Read Edit View history. In my recollection of the events from ’63 through ’69, everything moved very quickly and it looked like Johnson set out to take our country to war. McMaster paints a picture of a shifting collection of priorities to which war aims were nearly always secondary: 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. To ask other mcmsater questions about Dereliction of Dutyplease sign up.

I would have liked to read more about what went on after inserting troops for offensive operations, how things escalated, what Johnson, McNamara and the rest did in educating America on ruty was happening or notetc. Although ‘graduated pressure’ seemed to be a ‘safe’ way to go, it laid the foundations for discord with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. McMaster is a serving career Army officer with a PhD.

Pages with login required references or sources Pages to import images to Wikidata. But I think that the book lacks empathy. This book is definitely worth the read if you are interested on the behind the scenes into the thought process and motives that drove our mcaster and his cronies in a major cover-up one of the most costly wars we have ever been. Dtuy an historian, I would still argue that they derelicion corrupt and ineffective, crippled by nepotism and unable to unite.


Screw up here and you will get bad policy and execution. After all, two decades had passed since the war ended. I picked up a copy of H. McMaster re-fought the bureaucratic wars of and memo by memo–his main villain was Robert McNamara but he found plenty of blame to lay at the feet of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who as I recall McMaster accused of shirking their constitutional duty to advise the President and to to so truthfully.

Fitzgerald viewed Vietnamese history in linear terms. This is the bleak message I take from McMaster. McMaster’s own ‘Dereliction of Duty’ Trump national security adviser defects. Dereliction Of Duty covers the story in strong narrative fashion, focusing on a fascinating cast of characters: The tragedy is summed up in the final sentence: In particular, Johnson’s unwillingness to confront the political costs of either withdrawing from Vietnam or asking Congress for the money and force necessary to win the war damned the soldiers already deployed in Vietnam to a slow slog towards an intentional stalemate.

That just does not happen.

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This extended mcmastdr the times where they went before Congress. So the question is, what was the quality of their advising?

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 According to McMaster, they lied to the President, to the Nation, and possibly even to themselves.

You could substitute ‘Syria’ for ‘Vietnam’ in many of the scenarios. Johnson knew what answers he wanted to hear from his military and civilian advisers on Vietnam, and for the most part they complied by telling him what he wanted to hear.

She perceived a straight line stretching from the long history of Vietnamese resistance to Chinese domination in the first millennium to the rise of Vietnamese anti-colonialism derelction the 19th and 20th century mcamster Ho Chi Minh and the pro-independence coalition he led, the Viet Minh.


McMaster, the author of book Dereliction of Dutyconsidered the seminal work on military’s responsibility during Vietnam to confront their civilian bosses when strategy was not working. This was particularly noticeable when Johnson virtually insisted upon the loyalty of the JCS, and demanded that the U. 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 Army; a disintegration that began with the president’s decision against mobilization.

The book examines McNamara and Johnson’s staff alongside the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other high-ranking military officers, and their failure to provide a successful plan of action either to pacify a Viet Cong insurgency or to decisively defeat the North Vietnamese army. Lists with This Book. McMaster’s Dereliction of Duty”.

They thought that the principal objective of military activities was to protect U. Of course, it is not at all clear that a coherent strategy would have made much difference in the final outcome.

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Apr 12, Pat Herndon rated it liked it. Largely there are institutionalised motivations for this continuing inability to cope with the existential situation. McMaster is publicly silent about these truths.

McMaster should demand congressional declarations of war in our nine ongoing conflicts coupled with presidential confessions to the public that they are all as unwinnable as was Vietnam. An innovative general who chafed at the strict adherence of the Eisenhower administration to the ‘new look’ strategy, Taylor came up with the theory of the ‘flexible response’ that would become the basis of Kennedy’s pivot in foreign policy.