SOURCE: The Guardian
20 Years Later, a Massive Effort to Forget the Runup to Iraq Invasion
by Stephen Wertheim
The impulse for American leaders to forget about Iraq and move on reveals the pathologies of American primacy in world affairs.
The Iraq Invasion Turns 20
Historians comment on the consequences of the invasion and efforts to control the narrative about how and why the US invaded.
SOURCE: The Century Foundation
America Broke Iraq, and Itself
by Thanassis Cambanis
"The U.S. occupation of Iraq normalized torture, impunity, manipulation of intelligence, and a new level of official mendacity."
SOURCE: Foreign Affairs
Iraq War at 20: What the Neocons Got Wrong
by Max Boot
"I desperately wanted to believe that spreading freedom could solve the security dilemmas confronting the United States—that by doing good in the world, it could also serve its national security interests."
SOURCE: Foreign Policy
20 Years After Iraq Invasion, Need for Dissenting Perspectives is Clear
by Matthew Duss
A left foreign policy analyst argues that labeling opposition to Ukraine's NATO membership as "pro-Putin" echoes the worst moves of the runup to the Iraq war, and that good policy grows from open discussion.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Why We Went to War on Iraq
by Melvyn P. Leffler`
One foreign policy historian argues that the decision to invade Iraq was made out of genuine concern for thwarting attacks on Americans and preserving the United States' ability to use military power in the Middle East.
Never-Trumpers Keep Insisting that Reaganism Was Not Demagoguery--It Was
by Claire Potter
Robert Kagan's assessment of the risks of a presidential coup in 2024 is strangely silent on the role of his own neoconservative faction in mobilizing grievance politics, and uses poor historical reasoning to try to rescue the Republican Party from association with Trumpism.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
What Liberal Comparisons between Bush-Cheney and Trump Get Wrong
by Joseph Stieb
Liberal critics of Liz Cheney have suggested she's a hypocrite, blasting Trump's "Big Lie" while having championed the deceptions that led to the Iraq War. This is an imperfect comparison, which ignores the real lessons of Iraq – that fixing the fact-finding process to fit a policy is a common and continuing danger.
SOURCE: War on the Rocks
Opening Up New Avenues to Understanding the Path to War in Iraq
by Joseph Stieb
National security historian Joseph Stieb reviews journalist Robert Draper's account of the drive to war against Iraq in 2003, concluding that Draper explains how the principals built a case for war out of selectively embroidered intelligence, but not why war appeared as a positive option or much of the American political establishment got on board.
Missing in Action: Accountability Is Gone in America
by Karen J. Greenberg
A crucial part of the history of the neoconservative invasion of Iraq and the use of torture in the War on Terror is the utter lack of accountability or consequence for the people who made those decisions.
Averted: The War Between Iran and America
by Juan Cole
The dream of the neoconservatives during the Bush administration -- an American flag in Tehran -- looks to be just that: a dream.
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