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Ep. 1: H.R. McMaster on the Gulf War
School of WarOct 19, 2021
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H. R. McMaster is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was the 26th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018.

He is the author of Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World and Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam


  • 03:10 - Introduction
  • 04:02 - Biography
  • 06:35 - Leading Eagle Troop
  • 08:16 - Post Cold War preparation for Desert Shield and Desert Storm
  • 15:17 - The Battle of the 73 Easting
  • 23:17 - Advantages of the American military
  • 26:12 - Overconfidence in American military dominance
  • 29:16 - China's reaction to the Gulf War and technological development
  • 32:30 - China's tactics
  • 35:04 - The Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan

Recorded August 31, 2021