Oral history interview with Joseph P. Hoar [electronic resource], 2012.
Commander in Chief, United States Central Command.
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Born: December 30, 1934, Boston, Massachusetts; Education: B.A., Tufts University; M.A., George Washington University; Career: Marine Corps rifle platoon commander; advisor to Vietnam Marines; Marine Corps, operations officer, executive officer; Marine Corps Command and Staff College, instructor; United States Central Command [CENTCOM], chief of staff, commander in chief; Reminiscences: early life in Boston; education at Tufts; enlistment in the Marines; promotion to officer; tours and assignments in Virginia, Vietnam, Washington D.C., Indian Ocean, Parris Island; death of Mickey Leland; promotion to commander of CENTCOM; visits to Kuwait in 1980s; involvement in no-proliferation efforts; invasion of Somalia in 1993; capture of Michael J. Durant; involvement with efforts to end torture; experiences with Hussein bin-Talal, Charlene Hoar, Mike Dignan, Herbert N. Schwarzkopf, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Colin L. Powell. Discussions: trips to Middle East with Capstone Military Leadership Program; invasion of Kuwait; Jordanian- and Saudi-U.S. relations; Suez War; continuing military presence in Kuwait; establishment of Marine headquarters in Bahrain; consequences of Pressler amendment; invasion of Iraq; Guantánamo Bay; Geneva Conventions; famine in Somalia; effect of Jesuit education point of view regarding torture; political issues surrounding closure of Guantánamo possibility of Israel-Iran War.
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