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November 14th, 2006 · No Comments

Hubris

Hubris by Michael Isikoff and David Corn is the latest book examining the war in Iraq. Written by a pair of journalists from Newsweek and The Nation (respectively), the book focuses on the process by which the Bush administration decided to go to war with Iraq and sold the nation on the idea. What emerges is a pretty clear picture of a group of people who decided on a course of action and then started looking for justifying evidence. It’s not pretty and if you can read this without becoming upset, you are either not paying attention or determined not to accept the idea that the Bush administration has done anything wrong.

Before you write this off as just another piece of anti-Bush propaganda, let me point out that the book doesn’t spend much time on the President himself. While the authors never come out and say it, they imply pretty strongly that the President accepted the selling job of his people and was as surprised as everyone else when no weapons of mass destruction were found. This is rather the story of those serving the President, starting with Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney. There are others who also don’t come off well; Congress (both parties) completely blew it when it came time to ask tough questions about the shaky evidence being used to justify war. The media also completely failed to do their job and mostly just repeated the garbage being spread by the administration (I’m looking at you, Judy Miller).

In a way, this is all irrelevant now. The war happened, we destroyed the Iraqi government, and now we’re struggling with the aftermath. the fact that the war was never justified has been overtaken by the events. Nevertheless, it’s worth remembering how we got here. If nothing else, maybe we’ll think a little harder next time.

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