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    Default Arrogance And Ignorance In Iraq

    Three authors make the case that time and again, the U.S. has made disastrous mistakes in Iraq

    Todd Oppenheimer
    Sunday, October 1, 2006

    During an army briefing in late 2003, as the opposition movement, and bloody battles, were mounting in Iraq, a lieutenant colonel presented his boss, a tough colonel, with a question: "Sir, what is the battlespace?" The colonel, reports Thomas Ricks in Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, said it is the enemy, wherever you are fighting it. "Sir, wrong answer," the lieutenant dared to reply. "In counterinsurgency, the battlespace isn't physical, it's psychological. The battle is for the people."

    To Ricks, the senior Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post and winner of a Pulitzer Prize, and to the dozens of military historians, counterinsurgency experts and veteran commanders he quotes, this lieutenant was explaining the ABCs of counterinsurgency strategy. "The objective," he writes, "is first to gain control of the population, and then win their support." Why a lowly lieutenant colonel would have to lecture his commander on such fundamentals is at the core of three different but interrelated new books on the United States' series of campaigns in Iraq.

    ...more - http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...DTL&type=books

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    Default White House in crisis over 'Iraq lies' claims

    White House in crisis over 'Iraq lies' claims

    Watergate journalist's new book exposes how Bush has kept the US public in the dark about the true costs of the 'war on terror'

    Paul Harris in New York
    Sunday October 1, 2006
    The Observer

    President George Bush was braced for one of the toughest fights of his political life yesterday as a fierce row broke out over whether he has been misleading the American public over the worsening violence in Iraq. The crisis also rippled across the Atlantic with claims that the administration hid crucial Iraq intelligence from its British allies.

    Sparking the crisis was a series of leaks from a hard-hitting new book by the political journalist Bob Woodward, one of the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate scandal that engulfed the Nixon administration three decades ago.

    ...continued - http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story...4925%2C00.html

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    Bob Woodward: Bush Misleads On Iraq
    Tells 60 Minutes About His Book 'State Of Denial'

    (CBS) President Bush's former chief of staff, Andy Card, said the Bush presidency will be judged by three things: “Iraq, Iraq, Iraq.” Bob Woodward, of Watergate fame, has just completed his third book on the Bush presidency, “State of Denial.”

    Woodward spent more than two years, interviewed more than 200 people including most of the top officials in the administration and came to a damning conclusion. He tells Mike Wallace that for the last three years the White house has not been honest with the American public.

    "It is the oldest story in the coverage of government: the failure to tell the truth," Woodward charges.

    ...more - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/...n2047607.shtml

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