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Interesting, convincing and important,
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This review is from: Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats (Hardcover)
Yglesias presents a pithy and convincing account both of why our country's foray into Iraq was doomed from the start; and of how the political dynamics of news events, the era, and our institutions all prevented -- and continue to prevent -- the Democratic party from effectively challenging the Bush administration's bellicosity.
Long-time readers of Yglesias's blog may find themselves mostly nodding along to this longer version of a perspective that they have been introduced to over the course of years, one piece at a time. But the book's lack of startlingly counterintuitive novelty should not be regarded as a defect (the same applies to foreign policy, as Yglesias notes). And in any case, it certainly doesn't detract from the importance of the argument being made: it's hard to imagine that, as we deal with the consequences of the Iraq War over the coming years and decades, a more compelling explanation of what made the fiasco possible will emerge than the one contained in this book. Recommended.