The Occupation of Iraq: Winning The War, Losing The Peace

source: WGBH forum

Ali A. Allawi is a Iraqi diplomat. He presents an insider's view of the ongoing crisis in Iraq. How can devastated Iraq end sectarian violence and achieve peace? Does the Iraq experience suggest the United States's should rethink its role as global policeman and return to a variant of the foreign policy template established by Washington and Monroe?
I picked this book up and browsed it at B&N. Looks like interesting reading.

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Seth says
source: by JANE ARRAF
"MyRaq" is a happy place.

We were sitting on the banks of one of Saddam's man-made lakes on one of those lovely, fleeting early summer evenings last week. The lake is on a military base in Iraq and it was the kind of conversation usually accompanied by cigar smoke. There was a line I liked, I said, from Ali Allawi's recent history of Iraq - that the U.S. had tried to impose an 'imagined country' on the harsh realities of Iraq.

"He has a word for that!" said one of the officials - among the miltary's best and brightest.

"It's MyRaq ," said his uniformed colleague in a line so good it's a shame I can't quote him by name. "Capitol 'M ', small 'y' ,capital 'R'. It can be anything you want it to be."

In this MySpace nation, the line has particular resonance. The ability to create your own reality. So much easier to find solutions when you have complete freedom to reframe the problem.

At another base a mock campaign flag for the war in Iraq: "Partial Success/Total Failure".

And I'm still looking for one of the coveted coffee mugs with the tongue-in-cheek line beloved to those deployed here in 2003 and 2004: "We were winning when I left."

... i'm still trying to figure out whether to spend more time with this book.

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