Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco by David L. Phillips
Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco
Author: David L. Phillips
Title: Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco
ISBN10: 0813343046
ISBN13: 978-0813343044
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
Publisher: Basic Books; First Edition edition (April 26, 2005)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1487 kb
Size epub: 1334 kb
Rating: 3.5 ✪
Votes: 531
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics & Government
According to conventional wisdom, Iraq has suffered because the Bush administration had no plan for reconstruction. That's not the case; the State Department's Future of Iraq group planned out the situation carefully and extensively, and Middle East expert David Phillips was part of this group. White House ideologues and imprudent Pentagon officials decided simply to ignore those plans. The administration only listened to what it wanted to hear. Losing Iraq doesn't just criticize the policies of unilateralism, preemption, and possible deception that launched the war; it documents the process of returning sovereignty to an occupied Iraq. Unique, as well, are Phillips's personal accounts of dissension within the administration.The problems encountered in Iraq are troubling not only in themselves but also because they bode ill for other nation-building efforts in which the U.S. may become mired through this administration's doctrine of unilateral, preemptive war. Losing Iraq looks into the future of America's foreign policy with a clear-eyed critique of the problems that loom ahead.