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End Game Strategies: Winning the Peace
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Allied forces spent much time planning and preparing for the occupation of the axis countries, which was combined with practical experience in North Africa, Sicily, and France as they pressed on toward Berlin. Unity of command and unity of effort ensured that an effective government would result in Germany. Those efforts helped to make Germany the vibrant country it is today, even after reunification in 1990. Iraq has not been as fortunate, and is only now starting to show noticeable improvement, after almost 9 years of operations. The United States only had from December of 2001 until May of 2003 to plan the occupation, and despite recent occupation experience in Bosnia and Kosovo, it did not utilize this experience wisely. Unity of command was not achieved in the beginning, which caused a lack of security during the beginning of the occupation. Overall, to understand what happened in Iraq, we must look at Germany before and after Operation Eclipse, the plan to occupy and rebuild Germany.
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