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The War Over Iraq: Saddam's Tyranny and America's Mission Hardcover – February 1, 2003
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Among the high level members of APNFWAVINAC who were signatories to the famous letter were other great intellectuals and patriots such as Paul "never served in the military but I have a girlfriend at age 62" Wolfowitz, Douglas "f***ing stupidest guy on earth" Feith, John "kiss-up, kick-down" Bolton, Dick "no bid contract for my war profiteering Haliburton pals and we're in the last throws of the insurgency" Cheney, as well as many other brilliant and highly accomplished warriors and scholars of world history and military strategy. These APNFWAVINAC members were so deeply troubled by reports of Iraqis being terrorized by Saddam that they felt they had to intervene with their carefully researched and passionately presented plea to Bush to bomb Iraq. Kristol even volunteered to join the Army in order to defend the Iraqi people that he loved so dearly and to support the military that he has revered all of his life.Read more ›
What's missing from this analysis is any sense of history and of how the US is perceived outside its borders--and even outside the Beltway. Not everyone is going to be able to accept the notion that the US should simply be trusted to do the right thing. The book's authors clearly have either no idea or--scarier still--no interest in how a book like this will be read by people who have either watched or experienced first-hand a less-than-idealistic USA in action.
At the precise time of writing (Baghdad seems to have fallen today) and for the next few months, the Kristol/Kaplan theory will be riding high. But whatever this book claims, what they charitably consider to be activist idealism is not going to turn into doctrine. It won't because the US is always going to feel the need for the moral flexibility that realism offers.Read more ›
- More than 4000 perfectly good Americans dead
- Tens or hundreds of thousands of Americans physically or psychologically crippled
- Trillions of dollars absurdly wasted to destroy and then attempt to rebuild a country
- America's international credibility at its lowest ever
- Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed or crippled
- A country in ruins
- Militant, anti-American jihadism increased and more popular than ever
Who benefits? Not the United States, for sure. The families left behind could have used the thousands dead or disabled and we could have used the trillions of dollars to build our own country instead of destroying someone else's. We would rather not see our president bombarded with shoes and called a war criminal and torturer in chief by millions all over the world.
It's important to read this book because Bill Krystol and his colleagues continue to try to scare and confuse us.Read more ›
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Almost all the assumptions in this shallow, delusionally self-confident book have proven to be mistaken. Iraq was not "ripe for democracy. Read morePublished 9 months ago by BebopBoomer
Don't waste your time reading anything by elitist hacks living inside the Beltway. They're part of the problem, not part of the solutionPublished on September 25, 2012 by kbdabear
This is a very biased book full of neoconservative ideology and very few facts....Published on April 26, 2009 by D. Kostopoulos
This book should be kept in print, and indeed it will (or should) be studied for years to come for those who'd like to form an understanding of the (second) Iraq War. Read morePublished on September 16, 2008 by N. P. Stathoulopoulos
Everytime he makes a predictions or shares his "expertise," only a few months later he is shown irrefutably to have been wrong. Read morePublished on January 5, 2007 by Trevor Mcarthur
This book was written prior to the invasion and was along the lines of making the case for US intervention in Iraq. Read morePublished on July 18, 2006 by Howard L. Salter
Bear in mind that this book was written after Dubya Bush had been President for two years. So Kaplan and Kristol begin with a defense of Bush's use of the term "evil" as in "axis... Read morePublished on June 16, 2006 by Virgil Brown
I was reading the review written below that indicated that this book gives the conservative perspective on the war in Iraq. You couldn't be more wrong. Read morePublished on November 11, 2005 by Craig E. Schlanger
I wonder if the authors of this book have since gone back and read it to see how close they came to predicting the reasons for and the outcome of the Iraqi war, or at least its... Read morePublished on October 2, 2004 by John G. Hilliard