Shelves: american-recent-history The failure of the Gulf War to take out Saddam Hussein left a small contingent of hawks looking for redress. As a policy of containment took hold, Wolfowitz complained for more action against Saddam but in the Bush 41 administration he did not find a receptive ear from Cheney. Wolfowitzs disdain for containment may have been due to the loss of most of his The failure of the Gulf War to take out Saddam Hussein left a small contingent of hawks looking for redress. Wolfowitz compared Saddam to Hitler and his security forces to the Gestapo. Another advocate for action was Donald Rumsfeld who along with Wolfowitz, and John Bolton belonged to an advocacy group that issued a letter to President Clinton in demanding regime change in Iraq. Rumsfeld became disillusioned with the intelligence community and again sided with Wolfowitz.
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Excerpt Book Summary A masterful and explosive description of the planning and execution of the American military invasion and occupation of Iraq, based on the unprecedented candor of key participants. The American military is a tightly sealed community, and few outsiders have reason to know that a great many senior officers view the Iraq war with incredulity and dismay. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in Fiasco, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the-record military accounts with his own extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to create a spellbinding account of an epic disaster.
But the officers who did raise their voices against the miscalculations, shortsightedness, and general failure of the war effort were generally crushed, their careers often ended. A willful blindness gripped political and military leaders, and dissent was not tolerated. There was never any question that the U. This blindness has ensured the Iraq war a place in history as nothing less than a fiasco. Fair, vivid, and devastating, Fiasco is a book whose tragic verdict feels definitive.
Thousands of U. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent, many of them squandered. Democracy may yet come to Iraq and the region, but so too may civil war or a regional conflagration, which in turn could lead to spiraling oil prices and a global economic shock.
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq
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