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The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War

by Joseph M Hoeffel

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This book is all about the lies sold to the US by the Bush administration in order to get Congress and the American public to consent to a preemptive attack on Iraq. The book is heavily slanted politics-wise. But I expected that from the title. It is easy to read. There’s not a lot new there is you already believed we were lied to.

Emphasis is placed on the classified National Intelligence Estimate versus the unclassified White Paper that was derived from the classified document. Unfortunately for all of us, much was left out of the unclassified version, such as the opinion by our intelligence agencies that Saddam Hussein was not a threat to us. It documents Bush’s “cowboy”, “bring em on” attitude toward the war. When peacekeeping was suggested as an option, he replied “We are war fighters, not peace keepers.” Part of Bush’s speech detailing the supposedly specific threats Iraq was to us is included in the book. Most of Congress was not authorized to read the classified version of the threat assessments. What I still have trouble understanding though is how Colin Powell could make the speech he did after reading the classified document. As Defense Secretary he had access to the classified document. The author calls for a change to procedures. If members of Congress are being required to vote on a preemptive strike, they need to have access to the classified documents. Only in that way do they have the full picture. The book addresses the poor planning: How would we get Iraq back on its feet? How much would it cost? How long would it take? Rage is expressed over the deceit and manipulation by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice. It did start becoming repetitious so I skimmed over those parts. Sad to say, I see little chance there will be change in policies. We are seeing that in the current issue of dealing with ISIS.

All in all, a good book worth reading. It should cause you to question everything our government is telling us. Everything, even national security, is heavily slanted by politics. ( )
  BettyTaylor56 | Nov 13, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 161577792X, Paperback)

* First account by any Congressman to divulge the truth about what really happened in briefings with key Bush Administration figures. * Praise from Minority Leader and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and many other distinguished members of Congress. * The full story of how war hawks deceived the public, media and Congress; same people still pushing for US troops in Iraq again. * Tells how war and occupation destroyed Iraqi institutions, replacing them with an inept, corrupt, sectarian, pro-Iran regime. * Most Americans want to leave Iraq alone. US intervention helped enemies and extremists, weakened allies and moderates. * Proposes reforms to require full public disclosure of intelligence, and a clear mandate from Congress before any major military action. * Will appeal to fans of authors like Rachel Maddow (Drift), Isikoff and Corn (Hubris), Scahill (Blackwater), and Woodward (Bush at War).

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