What W read on Christmas vacation


Pete just barely beat mdoneil in with This One.It's a brief story of the President's reading habits.
"Mr Bush is said to be reading a book on former President Theodore Roosevelt and another chronicling the US military.
"He reads a lot of books, based on recommendations," the president's spokesman Trent Duffy said."

I wonder if the White House would welcome additional recommendations from the LISNews faithful?"


Some items the President might find useful reading from the staff of the Army War College:

Precedents, Variables, and Options in Planning a U.S. Military Disengagement Strategy from Iraqarmy.mil>
The questions of how to empower the Iraqis most effectively and then progressively withdraw non-Iraqi forces from that country is one of the most important policy problems currently facing the United States. The authors seek to present the U.S. situation in Iraq in all of its complexity and ambiguity, with policy recommendations for how that withdrawal strategy might be most effectively implemented.
Published October 2005, Authored by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill,Dr. Conrad C. Crane

Srategic Implications of Intercommunal Warfare in Iraqarmy.mil>
This study considers the regional consequences of intercommunal warfare in Iraq by examining how such an eventuality may develop and how neighboring states might become involved in such a conflict. This work does not predict an Iraqi civil war but rather views it as a worst-case eventuality. The danger of an Iraqi civil war requires serious U.S. cooperation with those regional states that also have a stake in preventing this outcome....
Published February 2005, Authored by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill

Nationalism, Sectarianism, and the Future of the U.S. Presence in Post-Saddam Iraqarmy.mil>
The author addresses the critical questions involved in understanding the background of Iraqi national identity and the ways in which it may evolve in the future to either the favor or detriment of the United States. He pays particular attention to the issue of Iraqi sectarianism and the emerging role of the Shi'ite Muslims, noting the power of an emerging but fractionalized clergy....
Published July 2003, Authored by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill

Insurgency in Iraq: An Historical Perspectivearmy.mil>
This monograph considers the patterns of past insurgencies by way of establishing how much the conflict in Iraq conforms to previous experience. In particular, the author compares and contrasts Iraq with previous Middle Eastern insurgencies and suggests that there is much that can be learned from British, French, and Israeli experience....
Published January 2005, Authored by Dr. Ian F.W. Beckett

Iraq and Vietnam: Differences, Similarities, and Insightsarmy.mil>
The authors conclude that the two conflicts bear little comparison. They also conclude, however, that failed U.S. state-building in Vietnam and the impact of declining domestic political support for U.S. war aims in Vietnam are issues pertinent to current U.S. policy in Iraq....
Published May 2004, Authored by Dr. Jeffrey Record,Dr. W. Andrew Terrill

And one last work he should have read before he gave the order to invade in March 2003:

Reconstructing Iraq: Insights, Challenges, and Missions for Military Forces in a Post-Conflict Scenarioarmy.mil>
In October 2002, the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute, in coordination with the Office of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff/G-3, initiated a study to analyze how American and coalition forces can best address the requirements that will necessarily follow operational victory in a war with Iraq. The objectives of the project were to determine and analyze probable missions....
Published February 2003, Authored by Dr. Conrad C. Crane,Dr. W. Andrew Terrill

How about the Constitution? And perhaps the Geneva Convention?