The Unvarnished Truth About the
Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
General Michael "Rifle" DeLong, USMC, Ret.
(Former Deputy Commander of CENTCOM)
with Noah Lukeman
Introduction by General Tony Zinni, USMC, Ret.
Former Commander of CENTCOM, and author, with Tom Clancy, of the New
York Times Bestselling BATTLE READY
Pub Date: September
INSIDE CENTCOM is a definitive
behind the scenes of our country at war, from the military perspective
of Tommy Franks' #2 commanding General. It offers a behind the
scenes look at the planning and execution of the wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq, and sheds light on top administration officials in a warlike
situation, including George Tenet, Donald Rumsfeld and President Bush.
(see below for Full Description)
* #1 Amazon Bestseller in the "Afghanistan" Category
* #2 Amazon Bestseller in the "Iraq" Category
* #3 Barnes & Noble Bestseller in the "Diplomacy and
International Politics" Category
* A Selection of the Military Book Club
* A Selection of the Conservative Book Club
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* PBS-NewsHour with Jim Lehrer 11/20
Fox & Friends 11/19
Fox Special Report with Brit Hume--11/1
Kudlow & Cramer - 11/1
Hardball with Chris
Kudlow & Cramer - 10/12
Tina Brown (INSIDE CENTCOM recommended as a "hot pick") - 10/10
DaySide with Linda Vester - 9/23
Kudlow & Cramer - 9/21
Fox & Friends - 9/21
O'Reilly Factor- 9/20
National Geographic Channel (to air in March 2005)
* Dozens of national radio shows
* Wall Street
* National Review Online--11/1
New York Post--10/25
Wall Street Journal--10/12
can't think of a finer Marine or a finer person that serves anywhere in
this armed forces.”
--General John Abizaid,
current Commander of CENTCOM
‘Rifle’ DeLong was the best Deputy Commander I could have imagined.
Seasoned in Vietnam as a young helicopter pilot, he never forgot
the lessons of war: loyalty,
focus, commitment to mission and the troops.
Rifle was “Joint” to the core.
He had the respect of all who served with him.
A manager and a leader of the highest caliber, I am proud to call
former Commander of
and author of New York Times bestselling AMERICAN SOLDIER
the point of the bayonet to the crisis of the conference room, General
DeLong has spent a lifetime serving his country in war and peace, in
combat and in preparation. His
experience from Mogadishu to Tampa, from fighting terrorists to dealing
with Washington (for a military man maybe even more terrifying) gives
him a unique vantage point from which to help his fellow Americans
understand the world they live in, and the challenges they face.”
former Speaker of the House
“General Tommy Franks and General Mike DeLong were masters
at warfighting, managing the sensitive relationships in the region, and
holding together the complex coalition put in place to deal with the
significant threats that faced us.
General Delong was the unsung hero of these efforts.
His savvy, intellect, common sense, professional competence, and
honesty come through in this book, and give us a rare insight into
critical events that have shaped our course at the beginning of this
--General Toni Zinni USMC ret,
former Commander of
author, with Tom Clancy, of TOM CLANCY'S BATTLE READY
"General Delong did an outstanding job on General Tommy
Frank’s behalf in dealing with Secretary Rumsfeld, Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Meyers, and the President himself.
General Delong was also the ‘go-to’ guy for the 60 plus countries
that participated in the Afghanistan and Iraqi campaigns. This is
truly an insider's view of these history-making events."
--General Joseph Hoar USMC ret,
former Commander of
"MICHAEL DeLong's memoir of his three years as deputy commander of Central Command
(CENTCOM) is fascinating….Unlike Bob Woodward, who fires vast, ill-focused barrages, DeLong writes briskly and pointedly…..DeLong's argument is all the more compelling because of his hard work forming the Afghanistan and Iraq coalitions….DeLong offers interesting, if understated, revelations."
--The New York Post
CENTCOM lives up to its title: it's unvarnished, and it's a deep look into
the inner workings of the Central Command and America's war-fighting
apparatus.....For anyone interested in the military's war on terror,
behind-the-scenes, INSIDE CENTCOM is essential reading."
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. Tommy Franks are clearly two of the
biggest stars in the war on terrorism….But for every four-star general
and high-profile Defense secretary, there are the aides who work behind
the scenes to make their bosses look good. Such a man is Michael
DeLong….CENTCOM’s vital status alone makes DeLong's book important.
And he draws you in at first by sketching vivid profiles of Rumsfeld and
Franks….INSIDE CENTCOM provides a good narrative on just how Rumsfeld
and his top commander, Franks, came up with two war plans for Afghanistan
--The Washington Times
(Ronald Scarborough, author of the New York Times Bestseller Rumsfeld’s
is known as "Rifle" DeLong, and not just because he was a crack
shot with a rifle (and other common Marine Corps fashion accessories such
as pistols and helo-mounted rockets.) The nickname stuck because, as
DeLong rose in rank, and he and his subordinates had to make life and
death decisions, DeLong learned to be a tough grader. He gave his people
just one shot to get it right....When you have a president who is smart
enough to turn Tommy Franks and Rifle DeLong loose on the bad guys, you
have a president who can win the war."
--National Review Online
Gen. Mike DeLong was Gen. Tommy Franks' right-hand man in conceiving and
executing the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. While Franks was in the field,
former Marine combat pilot DeLong ran Central Command
("CentCom"), the nerve center of both wars--where he was an
active participant in discussions involving President Bush, Donald
Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Franks, George Tenet, and many others. Now, Gen.
DeLong offers the frankest and most authoritative look inside the
wars--how we prepared for battle, how we fought, how we toppled two
regimes--and what's happening now on these two crucial fronts."
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America is desperate for insider knowledge of what really
happened at the highest levels of this administration leading up to and
during the events of 9-11 and through the Iraqi war.
Could 9-11 have been prevented?
What intel did we really have?
Was Bush really focused on Iraq from the start?
Were we right to attack Iraq?
What intel did we have on Saddam Hussein and his WMD? How
did we plan and execute these wars? What really happened behind
These questions and more are burning in the minds of Americans
and the world. For
answers, they have turned to Bob Woodward, Richard Clarke and Michael
time that they turned to someone who really
knows, someone who was truly on the inside, who was an active
participant (unlike them) in the most sensitive, classified meetings
with Bush, Rumsfeld, Tenet, and countless others.
source is Three Star General Mike DeLong, USMC, who was the #2 General
at CentCom and Tommy Franks’ right hand man, from the bombing of the
U.S.S Cole through his recent retirement in November, 2003.
General DeLong has also been one of the most active American
visitors in Iraq since his retirement, having more lengthy, significant
conversations with Iraqi tribal chiefs than just about any other
from General Franks, General DeLong is also the only other high-ranking
insider to retire, and thus is in a position to offer more insider
information than any other.
INSIDE CENTCOM will offer what these other books cannot:
both a political and military overview of what really took place
during this time period.
It is the most authentic source possible.
INSIDE CENTCOM will stand alone as the
definitive behind the scenes of our country at war.
It will reveal the inner workings within the halls of power,
where life-and-death decisions were made without the benefit of
story is one of a kind, its timing is unique, and DeLong tells it in a
manner typical of a three-star general in the U.S. Marine Corps:
directly, honestly and definitively.
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