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Iraq and back : inside the war to win the peace

Author: Kim Olson
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In April, 2003, soon after declaring an end to "major combat operations in Iraq," President Bush deployed retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Jay Garner to Baghdad to rebuild the country. As Garner's executive officer, Air Force Colonel Kim Olson was part of the senior leadership circle charged with three tasks: reconstruct Iraq's infrastructure, deliver humanitarian assistance, and build the foundation for a
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Named Person: Kim Olson; Kim Olson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kim Olson
ISBN: 1591145279 9781591145271 9781591146490 1591146496
OCLC Number: 69423282
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 211 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Welcome to Baghdad --
The picnic --
Meeting Garner --
Departure to Kuwait --
The South Africans --
Kuwait and wait --
Southern Iraq --
Bismilla --
Cleared in hot --
"So, what's it like?" --
Republican Guards --
Tour de Baghdad --
Palace life --
Lions --
The Council of Seven --
My refuge --
Death threats --
Commander, pilot, wife, mother --
And it still burns --
Mother's Day --
Test of wills --
Testimony and last letter home --
Why Iraq? --
Safe --
Men --
The bags --
Ode to Jay --
Just a routine mission --
Time to go home --
Home --
What a gift --
Retirement.
Responsibility: Kim Olson.
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"In April, 2003, soon after declaring an end to "major combat operations in Iraq," President Bush deployed retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Jay Garner to Baghdad to rebuild the country. As Garner's executive officer, Air Force Colonel Kim Olson was part of the senior leadership circle charged with three tasks: reconstruct Iraq's infrastructure, deliver humanitarian assistance, and build the foundation for a democratic government. But not long after their arrival in the rubble and ruin of Iraq, the political, military, and economic wheels ground to a halt and mission accomplished became mission improbable."

"Here, Olson tells how and why. Readers are privy to the candid discussions when Washington's inside-the-beltway plans disintegrate in the devastated streets of Iraq. They sit at the table with Iraqi leaders who warn of an insurgency if the proclamations crafted by ill-informed policy makers are implemented. And they stand next to her as Saddam's death squads attempt to assassinate her in an explosion of bullets."

"This firsthand account of what went wrong is seen from Olson's unique point of view as a senior officer, pilot, wife, and mother. Many of the stories she tells are known to only the handful of people involved, including the details of early meetings with tribal leaders to discuss building a coalition government - an effort quashed by Garner's successor."--Jacket.

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