How Bush Sold the War

White House officials understandably preferred to declare affirmative messages about Iraq's future, rather than rehash the government's intelligence embarrassments. Even so, I thought it was a strategic error for the president to make no effort to defend the arguments that had motivated him before the war. Mr. Bush's political opponents were intent on magnifying the administration's mistakes regarding WMD. On television and radio, in print and on the ... Full Story »

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Oct. 1, 2008

The article is fogged by arguing the best sales pitch for selling an illegal and immoral invasion chosen by the neo-cons to try to steal Iraqi oil on the cheap from a country weakened by previous wars and decades of sanctions that worked to kill children and degrade a whole civilization. There were no WMD and the UN had essentially shown that before bush chased the UN out in order to invade. Why does Feith think one lie is better than another, because it works better?

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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Oct. 1, 2008
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Roland F. Hirsch
4.8
by Roland F. Hirsch - Oct. 1, 2008

This opinion piece is more than just opinion. It presents considerable information about the subject, and provides both positive and negative assessments. Experts agree that anyone who wishes to comment on American policy-making on Iraq has to read Mr Feith's book first, and this piece provides a valuable introduction to the contents of the book.

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Tom Grey
4.9
by Tom Grey - Oct. 1, 2008

President Bush is doing, and has done, a terrible job at selling the Iraq War - Operation Iraqi Freedom. This opinion piece by Rumsfeld aid Douglas J. Feith shows his view that the security threat of Saddam was not just Saddam's WMD, but also his support for terrorism. The original goal was to stop Iraq's gov't from supporting terrorism, with freedom and democracy mentioned but never the centerpiece. [In my view it should always have been more emphasized -- regimes change into something.] After the invasion, when WMDs were not found, the rhetoric changed to supporting democracy and nation-building as primary. This very short article is adapted from an important, but mostly media ignored book: "War and Decision: Inside the ... More »

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