Twice Armed: An American Soldier's Battle for Hearts and Minds in Iraq

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9780760323861: Twice Armed: An American Soldier's Battle for Hearts and Minds in Iraq

Lieutenant Colonel R. Alan King and his 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion became operations central after the collapse of the Iraqi army and the beginning of the occupation of Iraq in March 2003. While under his command, these civil affairs and psychological operations soldiers were not content to stay in secure offices inside the green zone. Instead, they knew that to do their job they had to get out and make "house calls," and in the process the 422nd became the most highly decorated civil affairs unit in the history of the U.S. Army, with twenty-one individual awards for valor and five purple hearts. King was particularly well-suited for the new kind of war being waged in Iraq. Armed with his rifle, a Palm Pilot that contained an English translation of the Koran, and an informed and nuanced respect for Middle Eastern culture, King and his team captured or arranged the surrender of almost a dozen of the most-wanted villains from Saddam's regime, including several from the famous deck of cards. He became privy to secrets as weighty as those of Iraq's nuclear weapons program and as light as those behind the outlandish press briefings of the infamous Baghdad Bob. Twice Armed - its title is taken from Plato's maxim We are twice armed if we fight with faith - provides a compelling view of the Iraq war, and the experience from the Iraqi perspective, from one of the war's most decorated officers. The regional expertise that helped King negotiate with clerics and sheikhs also informs his provocative opinions about what it will take to win the battle for the hearts and minds of Iraq, an ancient, mystifying, and deeply religious culture. King has been compared to the legendary T. E. Lawrence, with the press dubbing him “Alan of Arabia,” and this book sheds light on a new and necessary component of modern warfare, one that goes far beyond artillery and armor, and instead tells King's story of cultural interaction and respect that yielded results in his area at the beginning of the war. A trenchant and necessary look at how the winning of the hearts and minds of people in Iraq is as crucial to success as the winning of tactical military goals.  

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Twice Armed is the remarkable memoir of a U.S. Army soldier’s experience capturing some of the most wanted former Iraqi regime leaders and terrorists on behalf of the Coalition Provisional Authority during the war in Iraq. Lt. Col. R. Alan King experienced close combat and survived deadly ambushes, but his success as a war fighter was mostly due to his nuanced understanding of an ancient, mystifying, and deeply religious culture. Twice Armed illustrates how the author negotiated with numerous sheiks and clerics, eventually earning their confidence and trust. A tough-as-nails soldier armed with a Palm Pilot and a Qur’an, Colonel King captured or accepted the surrender of almost a dozen of the most-wanted Iraqi personalities from the former Saddam regime, including a number from the notorious “deck of cards.”

Like T.E. Lawrence more than eighty years before, it was Colonel King’s understanding, respect, and willingness to practice the customs of the Middle East that allowed him to slip behind the shroud of cultural secrecy that has protected Iraqi society for thousands of years. He was made the honorary sheik of one of the largest tribes in Iraq, which afforded him special privileges and enabled him to sit in on tribal negotiations. Powerful sheiks approached him to intervene with the Coalition and to negotiate the surrender of most-wanted tribe and family members on their behalf.

Colonel King also learned secrets of Iraq’s nuclear weapons program from the former chairman of Iraq’s atomic energy agency, a figure who was among the top 100 most wanted personalities from the former regime. On the lighter side, he spoke with Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf (a.k.a. “Baghdad Bob”), learning the secrets behind al-Sahaf’s outlandish press briefings. By the end of major combat operations, the unit the author commanded had become the most highly decorated civil affairs battalion in the history of the U.S. Army. The 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the highest award that can be bestowed on a military unit, along with twenty-one awards for valor and five Purple Hearts.

In addition to being a war memoir with a genuinely unusual perspective, Twice Armed provides an on-the-ground look at how the Iraqis perceived the Coalition’s actions and what has led to the growth of the insurgency today. It shares inside accounts from the former elites of the events of the war as they unfolded from the night the Coalition crossed the border, to the fall of Saddam’s regime, through the challenges of the reconstruction, and finally, to the transfer of sovereignty.

 

From the Back Cover:

“I highly recommend this book to both the fiercest opponents and most steadfast supporters of America’s Iraq war.”

 

—Charlie Ryan,

network news producer

 

“Lt. Col. R. Alan King provides a unique view of U.S. operations in Iraq from street level to top level, Iraqi and American. He captures the complexity of Iraqi society and the courage of Iraqis as they strive for security and prosperity. Colonel King bluntly notes the Administration’s numerous errors and continued failure to develop and resource a strategy, and then provides a different path to success in Iraq.”

—Col. Thomas X. Hammes, USMC (Ret.),

author of The Sling and the Stone

 

“In the tradition of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom and A Bell for Adano, Colonel King captivates with accounts of his trust and extraordinary rapport with Arab sheiks. This well-written narrative of his valorous service and that of his soldiers is absorbing, exciting, and suspenseful, occasionally humorous, often poignant, and frustrating with horrifying details of attacks from ambushes and improvised explosive devices. . . . Colonel King’s important policy recommendations deserve careful consideration.”

—Maj. Gen. William R. Berkman, AUS (Ret.),

former Chief, Army Reserve, and

President Emeritus, the Civil Affairs Association

 

 

If you want to understand the history of the “Cradle of Civilization,” how this history illuminates today’s events, and why ignoring Iraq’s past is the ultimate recipe for failure, look no further than Twice Armed.

 

 

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