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Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran
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Feb 02, 2010

it was amazing
Read in February, 2010

Alternate Titles for this book could have been:

1. How not to rebuild a nation you just bombed the sh*t out of
2. How to F*ck up everything you touch, the Neocon way
3. Corruption, cronyism and good old fashioned incompetence on an unforeseen scale
4. Southern Efficiency in the Middle East
5. A Confederacy of Dunces
6. Beavis and Butthead Do Iraq

You get the message. In other words, if 10% of what Chandasekaran writes is 10% true, then this was the greatest con job in the history of the American Republic. Seriously, people need to be in jail, starting at the very top and working on down to the lowliest Republican crony.

That they got away with it (and continue to by and large) is simply amazing. Of course, not a lot of the things written here caused a lot of outrage when reported individually. It is only when seen together that the gross misconduct and the sheer negligence and dereliction of duty by the American State Department, defense contractors and Provisional Government really shines through.

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message 1: by Julie (new)

Julie Daniel, I'm thinking you should add four more and submit your list to Letterman as a Top Ten Alternate Titles for the Previous US Presidency. I'm considering whether I take Cheney for a Beavis or a Butthead, though... No. Might have to toss Rumsfeld in there with Georgie instead.

message 2: by Richp (new)

Richp Daniel, I haven't read the book, but based on the source material, giving your review 5 stars is faint praise.

except, of course, for the get away with it part. They almost always get away with it.

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