All countries make mistakes […] but countries compound their errors when they cannot learn from them …

Day 222 (Or is this Day 1 now?) - Oops!Image by ktpupp via Flickr“All countries make mistakes, because leaders are fallible and no political system is immune from folly. But countries compound their errors when they cannot learn from them, and when they don’t hold the people responsible for them accountable.”

Stephen M. Walt

Foreign Policy | Whitewashing the failure in Iraq

In this country, we don’t hold folks accountable.  Unlike the Internets, we actually believe in second chances in real life.  So folks get humongous book deals instead, and the public gets suckered ‘xcuse me, bombarded with ads to buy ’em books and learn the “real” stories. Mistakes are never owned, only that “mistakes were made,” how or by whom needs a flashlight, but batteries not included.  Sorry.

Some of the personalities who were associated with the Iraq War have written their stories.  Books in need of shelves, in no particular order ….

L. Paul Bremer | My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope

Tommy Franks |American Soldier

Douglas Feith | War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism

Richard Perle | An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror

George Tenet | At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA

Condi Rice |
Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me

George W. Bush  | Decision Points

Tony Blair | A Journey: My Political Life

You may have to wait a bit longer– Paul Wolfowitz, Stephen Hadley, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Chenney have yet to contribute to the post-war Iraq memoir and non-memoir genre. 

Fortunately, we are poor and do not have money to splurge on any of the books above, but we’ll forgo weeks of coffee and promised to buy the next hardcover with any of the following titles — “True Confession: How I Broke Iraq,” “My Journey Through a Mushroom Cloud and Out of Iraq,” “The Folly of Turning Iraq Into Our Own Image (I Should Have Thunk This Through).”