Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco

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Basic Books, 2005 M04 26 - 304 pages
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.

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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 ... Read full review

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Phillips (senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations), who, as a former senior advisor to the U.S. State Department, served as an architect of "democracy planning" in Iraq, here provides a ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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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