Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
by Michael R. Gordon, a review from The New Republic Online by David Rieff.
"Three years after our invasion of Iraq, an elective war, we know that the optimism not only of the senior members of the Bush administration, but also of the many liberal hawks who supported the toppling of Saddam Hussein, was misplaced. But while the current Bush administration rationale for why things did not go as anticipated in Iraq is just a hackneyed military cliché ? that no war plan survives the first contact with the enemy ? the salient question is whether the disappointments in the Iraq war are owed to the illusions that attend all war planning (we might call it, with apologies to Clausewitz, the fiction of war) or to illusions that were particular to this venture. Why has the war gone so wrong?" Read the entire New Republic review.