Beginning with the successful campaign in Afghanistan, which broke with American military tradition, and tackling all that went wrong in Iraq, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld offers behind-the-scenes insights into how wartime decisions were made. He discusses interagency (Defense, State, and CIA) friction during the Iraq war and President Bush's critical decision, in the face of considerable opposition, to "surge" additional troops into the conflict. Finally, Rumsfeld discusses the challenges that America faces as we struggle to deal with twenty-first century conflicts in the face of the information explosion -- offering the hopeful opinion that "we will figure out a way as a people, we will figure out a way."
Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits the Hoover Institution's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, "Uncommon Knowledge."
Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life; It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP; and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA.
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld, the thirteenth and twenty-first US secretary of defense, currently chairs the Rumsfeld Foundation. His memoir Known and Unknown was released on February 8, 2011.