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Fiasco?

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Brad DeLong linked yesterday to a radio interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Ricks, the Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post, about his new book Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

I’ve been listening to it this afternoon and it grieves me deeply to do so. I’d recommend a listen, even though it’s been hard and uncomfortable for me to listen to.

I like the way Ricks mixes his clear respect and enjoyment of specific military commanders and policies with his criticism of others whose actions make one wonder what was being thought of at the time.

One of the many interesting perspectives was his criticism of the Congress as “the dog that didn’t bark.” I was impressed by his historical analogies to the Congress’s behavior in the Civil War and World War Two. He rattled off statistics about the activeness of the Congress in questioning the actions of the executive branch and the military.

I wonder also about the role of the media in today’s society which seems so polarized. The sober consequences of how we relate to the media, how we get the information we process and our lack of debate (at least in my circles) about a topic so vast, they all make me stop to think. I wonder a lot about the systems and individuals that participated in the war and the occupation. No good answers just lots of thoughts.

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Written by furthermusings

August 4, 2006 at 9:15 pm

Posted in Politics

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