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Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas Ricks
In Fiasco, Washington Post military correspondent Thomas Ricks chronicles the path to war in Iraq and the mistakes made by both the military and the politicians that have resulted in the war becoming something much different than originally planned. It began with those already pushing for war before the events of 9/11 convinced the Bush administration to agree with them. That was followed by a self-delusion within the administration about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and a plan for war that conquered and destroyed Iraq's central government leading to an unstable center of power that ultimately aided the insurgency. Ricks finds plenty of blame to go around, including the Bush administration, the Democrats and national press which were afraid to ask the tough questions, to military leaders who didn't expect much resistance from the insurgency. Fiasco has received positive reviews with the Portland Oregonian saying, "Ricks has written an honest book that could help America move beyond the reflexive, red or blue coloring of the war and toward a more dispassionate discussion of the kind of Iraq we hope will emerge from today's near-anarchic state."