Invasion Of The United States

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The decision to invade Iraq was perhaps the largest foreign policy blunder in modern Western history. Its immense cost—in the thousands of lives lost, trillions of dollars spent, and an unquantifiable amount of political capital squandered—represents an immense failure at many levels of government. Today, even though Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and security state have been dismantled, Iraq remains ruined: its economy is in shambles, sectarian strife is rampant, and the Islamic State, a terrorist army, controls much of the northern and western parts of the nation. Iraq is a “state” in name only. In her memoir “The Unraveling” documenting her experiences in Iraq, Professor Emma Sky argues that to identify who is responsible for this failure, blame cannot be placed on just one actor. Both Western policymaking blunders—from the marginalization of experts to de-Baathification to the support of Nouri al-Maliki—and Iraqi politicians’ self-serving agendas acted in concert to exacerbate the sectarianism that ultimately tore the country apart. The first mistake the Western architects of the war made was to invade at all. The decision itself was based on false premises—that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, that the US would be greeted as liberators, and that the war would be swift and successful. Sky characterizes the war as a “modern-day Crusade of ideologues and idealists and the ignorance, arrogance and naivety” (128). The architects of the war—from President George Bush to
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