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Secret History of Iraq War

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The Secret History of the Iraq War
By Yossef Bodansky
Published by Harper Perennial (2005)


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The author examines what went right and what went wrong in the war in Iraq and how it fits into the larger context of the War on Terror.  He puts aside the partisan political rhetoric and reveals the many intelligence errors and military mistakes made by the United States in the preparation for and conduct of the war in Iraq.  He states the case that the U.S. may have, because of avoidable mistakes, become unnecessarily weaker as a result of our actions in Iraq.

Product description:  "Drawing upon an extraordinary wealth of previously untapped intelligence and regional sources, The Secret History of the Iraq War presents the most detailed, fascinating, and convincing account of the most controversial war of our times—and offers a sobering indictment of an intelligence system that failed the White House, the American military, and the people of the Middle East."

The book covers the period of mid-2002 when the Bush administration started serious preparations for the War in Iraq to 2003.  The book is most helpful in examining the intelligence failures and in understanding why the Arab world and Iraqis in general took a dim view of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.  There are some instances where the author tries to prove the argument that Iraq had WMD weapons and concrete ties to al Qaeda's attack on 9./11.  I don't buy it.

About the Author.  Yossef Bodansky has been director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare for many years.  He is involved in many research organizations and is a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University.