Monday, October 27, 2014

The Bremer Detail By Frank Gallagher

The Bremer Detail:
Protecting the Most Threatened Man in the World
By Frank Gallagher with John M. Del Vecchio

An eye-opening, boots-on-the-ground memoir by the Agent-in-Charge of protecting Ambassador Paul Bremer during his term as administrator of Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein

Baghdad, 2003: An elite group of private security contractors is charged with protecting the American who rules Iraq. In his new memoir, The Bremer Detail: Protecting the Most Threatened Man in the World, Marine Corps Vet and Fmr. Director of Security for Fmr. U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, Frank Gallagher takes the reader deep behind the scenes of one of the world's most dangerous professions.

In May of 2003 George W. Bush appointed Paul Bremer as Presidential Envoy to Iraq. Charged with laying the foundation for a new government, Bremer disbanded the Iraqi Army and banned the ruling Ba'ath party. In the process he became the prime target for dozens of insurgent and terrorist groups. Assigned to protect him during his grueling sixteen-hour days were Blackwater security expert Frank Gallagher and a team of former Marines, SEALs, and other defense professionals.

When Gallagher and his team arrived, Baghdad was set to explode. As the insurgency gathered strength, Bremer and the men who guarded him faced death daily. They were not in the military, but Gallagher and his team were on the front lines of the Iraq War. The Bremer Detailis a thrilling memoir that reveals the numerous occasions that Gallagher and his team literally saved lives through their reactions to ever-present danger.

In this book, Frank Gallagher has captured all the drama and difficulties of operating in a violent war zone, post-Saddam Iraq. As head of my personal security detail, he vividly captures the tense and dangerous duty he and his dedicated colleagues carried out under the most trying circumstances. On a number of occasions, some of them revealed in this book, Gallagher and his team literally saved lives - mine and others - through their quick and professional reactions to danger.
--L. Paul Bremer III, Fmr. Presidential Envoy to Iraq

About the Author: Frank Gallagher has more than 25 years of international experience providing personal protection, intelligence gathering, counter-terrorism operations, and security training in both the private security sector and the US Marine Corps. He served as director of security for former US Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger. He has also created training programs for personnel traveling to high-threat areas. He is currently the executive vice president of Amyntor Group, LLC, an international security services and consulting firm serving government, corporate, and VIP clients.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Victory Undone By Carter Andress

The Iraq War: Won and Squandered

Iraq military contractor reveals how the U.S. let victory in Iraq slip through our fingers, making way for ISIS terror

Victory Undone: The Defeat of al-Qaeda in Iraq and its Resurrection as ISIS, the new book by CarterAndress, reveals the untold story of how the Iraq war was won and subsequently thrown away. Andress is a world-renowned military contractor whose company, American-Iraqi Solutions Group (AISG), contributed to the defeat of Al Qaeda in Iraq. Unlike most military personnel, Andress's experience was unrestrained - his company interacted with locals in ways military personnel could not, giving him the insights into the war that bypassed reporters, diplomats, aid workers, and even soldiers.

The United States did indeed win the war in Iraq... and then stood back to watch the victory crumble. American forces transformed Iraq from a violent and chaotic land to a stable democracy that only needed minimal America support to defend and recreate itself. But thanks to the Obama administration, this minor support was withheld. As a result, the nation saw peace give way to terror under the ISIS invasion - a disaster that would have easily been prevented by an engaged administration.

In Victory Undone, readers will learn:

  • How the U.S. defeated al-Qaeda in Iraq, from before the war through completion.
  • How the Obama administration left the fledgling Iraqi government unprepared to deal with threats such as ISIS.
  • How Andress's company played a vital role in rallying Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds to unite behind the Government of Iraq's fight against al-Qaeda.
  • How Andress's company employed 10,000 Iraqis and hauled everything from barbed wire to frozen lamb across IED-infested roads to isolated and besieged areas.
  • That ISIS is a direct manifestation of al-Qaeda and the evil that had been defeated in Iraq.
  • A strategy for destroying ISIS in 3 months.
Victory Undone is a dramatic,firsthand account of triumph in Iraq followed by a jihadi terror, with the new "caliph" of ISIS promising: "I'll see you in New York." Andress sounds the alarm that we cannot abandon the Iraqis now. If we do, the violent chaos unleashed by rebranded al-Qaeda will now be that much closer, again, to our own shores.

"Victory Undone is an important and timely addition to the body of literature on the War against Terror. Carter Andress spent five years in the thick of the action during the critical years between 2005 and 2010 when the fate of Iraq depended on victory over the al-Qaeda-led Sunni insurgency. Andress clearly demonstrates that this hard-won victory was achieved, only to be squandered by the corruption and ineptitude of the Baghdad government. The book is solid history that reads like a thriller."   --General (U.S. Army ret.) Tommy Franks

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Carter Andress is a world-renowned military contractor whose company, American-Iraqi Solutions Group (AISG), contributed to the defeat of al-Qaeda in Iraq. He was the ultimate boots-on-the-ground "civilian" in Iraq. Andress's writing on Iraq and Afghanistan has been published by the Wall Street Journal and National Review Online.