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Fiasco by Thomas E. Ricks
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Sep 24, 2012

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The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 was based on three premises:

1. Iraq under Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks.
2. Iraq under Saddam was in possession or developing weapons of mass destruction, and containing him through sanctions and no-fly zones was not working.
3. Iraqis would welcome their liberation from Saddam's dictatorship.

Unfortunately, the first two premises were later proven to be false and partly based on fabrication. The third premise was initially true, but was undermined by some US blunders.

What a waste of opportunity, goodwill, money, and lives. If only the US had just focused on Afghanistan alone, that nation could have been more stable now and Osama Bin Laden captured or killed earlier. And the goodwill and solidarity earned after the end of the Cold War and 9/11 would had not lessened.

The book doesn't cover the period of the increase of troops in 2007 and the eventual withdrawal of US forces in 2011. The only consolation is that Iraq became relatively more stable after the US corrected many mistakes it committed in 2003-2004. Now Iraq seems to be getting collateral damage from the on-going civil war in neighboring Syria. Time would tell what future holds for Iraq: a stepback to the horrific sectarian violence or a step forward for reconciliation and progress.

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08/29 page 12
09/06 page 149
30.0% "The unnecessary war that was created by geniuses in Washington with vague ideas on what it means to wage war; the war that was based on faulty intelligence and lies; the war that distracted the effort and resources on Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda; the war that alienated even some of America's allies; the war that led to the deaths of more than 4,000 Americans, other allies, and untold number of Iraqis."
09/15 page 301
60.0% "SNAFU-Situation Normal All F*@cked Up in Iraq in 2005"
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Michael Gerald I got this book from National and I just hope it's good, considering that it only cost 99 Pesos and a hardcover at that.

Michael Gerald Thank you, Roger.

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