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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The new lie about Iraq. Jon Basil Utley recalls [1] how the Bush administration made its deceptive case for war.

Why soldiers lie. William Lind describes [2] the problem of institutional lying in the U.S. military in the current issue [3] of TAC.

The real Iraq war debate’s lessons. Michael Cohen explains [4] why the invasion was a terrible idea based on what was known at the time.

Time to sober up about the Iraq war. A.J. Delgado refutes [5] the arguments of Iraq war dead-enders.

Why the Iraq war happened. James Fallows explains [6] that the “WMD claims were the result of the need to find a case for the war, rather than the other way around.”

Iran, Israel, and the North Korea analogy. Paul Pillar compares [7] the 1994 Agreed Framework with North Korea and the current nuclear negotiations with Iran.

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#1 Comment By CharleyCarp On May 23, 2015 @ 11:27 am

Why are we awash in Iraq revisionism right now? A popular theory seems to be that “they” are preparing us for war with Iran. While there are people who play that long a game, my pet theory is that the primary motivation is to legitimize the Republican primary process. Either reality is different from the way most of us understand it to be, or nearly all of these candidates are delusional. It’s probably easier to convince us* that we’re wrong about what happened than to convince us that these candidates aren’t dangerous loons.

(In my experience, one seldom goes wrong ascribing domestic political motives to Village punditry, whether the subject is foreign or domestic.)

What do you think, Daniel?

* By “us” I mean people likely to vote in a Republican primary.

#2 Comment By gocart mozart On May 24, 2015 @ 6:06 pm

“Why are we awash in Iraq revisionism right now?”

See Bush, Jeb, presidential campaign