Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco

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Basic Books, 28 апр. 2009 г. - Всего страниц: 304
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'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.

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Might does not always equal power, strength does not always yield influence, and "winning the peace requires cooperation from freedom's beneficiaries." So warns policy expert Phillips (Council on ... Читать весь отзыв

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Introduction
1
1 The Drums of War
13
2 Iraqi Kurdistan
21
3 The Future of Iraq Project
35
4 Interagency Relations
41
5 Breaking the Ice
45
6 The Principals Committee
55
7 Ahmad Chalabi
67
14 DeBaathification
143
15 Occupation
155
16 SelfRule
169
17 The Interim Constitution
185
18 Fighting on Two Fronts
195
19 The Handover
205
Epilogue
215
Lessons in NationBuilding
225

8 Wilton Park
77
9 The Opposition Conference
89
10 The Enemy of My Enemy
103
11 A War Within a War
111
12 Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance
121
13 Basic Nihilistic Impulse
133
Acronyms
239
Timeline of Major Events
241
Personalities
247
Notes
255
Index
275
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David L. Phillips is Director of the Nobel Laureates Initiative at the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Harvard's Center for Middle East Studies, and Program Director of American University's Center for Global Peace. He lives in New York City.

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