Squandered Victory The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq

ISBN-10: 0805080082
ISBN-13: 9780805080087
Edition: 2006
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List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 3/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792

" Chilling-- and often scathing-- detail . . . Should be read by anyone interested in understanding why the United States' quick military victory has given way to an increasingly virulent insurgency." -- "The New York Times" In the fall of 2003, Stanford professor Larry Diamond received a call from Condoleezza Rice, asking if he would spend several months in Baghdad as an adviser to the American occupation authorities. Diamond had not been a supporter of the war in Iraq, but he felt that the task of building a viable democracy was a worthy goal. But when he went to Iraq, his experiences proved to be more of an education than he bargained for. "Squandered Victory" is Diamond' s provocative and vivid account of how the American effort to establish democracy in Iraq was hampered not only by insurgents and terrorists but also by a long chain of miscalculations, missed opportunities, and acts of ideological blindness that helped assure that the transition to independence would be neither peaceful nor entirely democratic. And in a new Afterword for the paperback edition, Diamond shows how the ongoing instability in Iraq is a direct result of the shortsighted choices made during the fourteen months of the American occupation and the subsequent Iraqi interim government. " A forceful and detailed critique of the invasion' s aftermath. . . . A searing indictment." -- "The Wall Street Journal" " Larry Diamond has a flair for making incisive points at the right moment. . . . ["Squandered Victory"] explodes with the frustrations he felt working for the U.S. occupation." -- "The New Republic"

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