Fiasco The Iraq War Summary

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The beginning of the twenty first century has been marked with the same achievements and failures of the last one, great strides of technology to improve the quality of living, religious arguments over whose right, whose wrong, and humanities constant flow of self destruction. Specifically, conflicts in the Middle East leading to a terrorist age that may last for decades to come. Western incursions into countries like Iraq and Afghanistan have attributed to the terrorist attacks in recent years, where a majority of said attacks have been targeted to the U.S. and it’s constant involvement into the region. Thomas E. Ricks’s book Fiasco The American Military Adventure in Iraq gives an inside view of the American led military campaign into Iraq. …show more content…
Ricks’s book Fiasco The American Military Adventure in Iraq was published in 2006 after the Iraq War. Ricks, a senior Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Post and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist describes in detail the overall negative American involvement in the region. Ricks’s writings are filled with the incompetence of the Bush administrations urgency to go to war with Iraq. Claiming that the war began over a small source of international support and wrongful information about how Saddam Hussein and the terrorist group al Qaeda where somehow linked, with no information on weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Decisions made by the Bush Administration, the Pentagon, the U.S. Central Command and American Military involved in the war, as well as civilians in Iraq showing the effect it had on them. Ricks book itself is divided into three different sections; Containment, Into Iraq and The Long Term. Part I, Containment delves deep into the events leading up to the U.S. eventually entering into Iraq because of the Gulf War in 1991, the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, and the “Silence of the Lambs” (page 85) where Congress put up little resistance to the war. Part II, Into Iraq, opens up with Ricks referring to the Iraq war plan as “perhaps the worst war plan in American History” (pages 115-116), how the U.S. was bungling through the war on misinformation, creating an insurgency, and the armies abuse of prisoners during the war. The last part of Ricks …show more content…
The war had gone on for over eight years almost a full decade, and in 2006 the study group was formed. The United States Congress charged the United States Institute of Peace to create The Iraq Study Group Report: The Way Forward – A new Approach. In the midst of the Iraq War, the report had two co-chairs James A. Baker III a senior government official who has served beneath three presidents, and Lee H. Hamilton another senior government official and member of the Committee on international Relations. Along with eight other member of the study group all from varying fields such as federal leaders, to cabinet leaders, professors and economists. The group began its first session March 15th, 2006 and ended in November 29th the same year. Along with taking a trip to Baghdad in the middle of the groups study where they met with American Military and Iraqi officials during the

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