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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant farce of disastrous fiasco, 16 April 2010
This review is from: Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Baghdad's Green Zone (Paperback)
A mission doomed to failure given the Americans,esconsed in the certainties of their supreme self-belief,the traditions of rugged individualism,the blindness of their self-righteousness,their faith post-conquest,Iraqis would be grateful and dancing in the streets.There was a lack of post-war planning,post-war chaos ensued.The absence of WMD fuelled the fire,so did the disbanding of the Iraqi army and low-level de- Baathification.You should also plan for what you hadn't planned.They occupied an Arab country,some of who thought the CPA acted like Lawrence of Arabia,but Lawrence said:"Do not try to do too much with your own hands.Better the arabs do it tolerably,than that you do it perfectly"(quoted by Chanrasekaran).The victor's occupation of the Coalition Provisional Authority(CPA), ran from April 2003 to June 2004.There was an arrogant assumption that what was good for America was good for Iraq.This is no polemic and there is no questioning of the invasion itself, Chandrasekaran's deadpan approach is more alarming and incredible.He is an editor of The Washington Post.

Like the president ,the viceroy surrounded himself with unseasoned advisers,because they valued loyalty above all else.Republicans only and people for Bush's`mission' in Iraq were employedThis led to people with no experience, ill-prepared,for the tasks they had been assigned.Billions of dollars and resources were wasted doing the wrong things,especially devoted to administration,privatisation, than all projects related to education,human rights, democracy and governance combined.To the soldiers,CPA meant Can't Produce Anything.The post-war looting of the country cost over a billion dollars, to replace the infrastructure.A corrupt security company swindled millions of dollars from the U.S. government.Some of the most experienced Arabists in the State Department were barred from serving in Iraq because they were thought politically suspect by the Pentagon.The book, an objective,fact-based account of what happened in the Green Zone, captures the surreal unreality and disconnection of life on the inside from life on the outside.Most Baghdad residents were only getting 3-4hours electricity a day,while those inside the bubble had a 24 hour supply.We get the neocon's yi-hah imposition of American-style democracy,while Baghdad became the most dangerous place on earth.The only coalition,Bush and the Pentagon,Paul Bremner, their acting,preppy head of state,using pork-barrel food and philosophy.
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