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