Iraq Fiasco

Several days ago I read the book, Fiasco by Thomas E. Ricks.

I'll start a review by asking a question: Have you ever read a book where you read the book, finish it and then some time passes the content actually becomes apparent, or "sinks in."

This is that type of book.

Simply because of the sheer amt. of ground and policy that it covers in it's standard book length of pages. This book could have easily been expanded into two books but I don't think the publishers like to do this. So this is a book with alot to consider, analyze and think about.

It's 2003 and the United States has toppled the "very bad man" in Saddam Hussein. It's a transitional period where the question becomes is the United States an occupier or rebuilder of Iraq?

Fiasco answers this and the answer is neither.

Another title to this book might be "blown decision making", because this would accurately reflect what has happened in Iraq; starting out with Ambassador Paul Bremmer issuing the famous order #1 which disbanded the Iraqi army-- effectively creating some 200,000 insurgents with weapons and training.

And it goes downhill from there. The author is critical of the major U.S. generals in the theatre including Generals Tommy Franks, Eric Shinsecki and Ricardo Sanchez however, they weren't interviewed, or at least they would not comment in substance for this book. This is one drawback that I found after reading it.

Two sides to every story and when politics and policy is involved there are hexagonal sides to every story.