I am making my way through Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City. I’ve caught myself yelling out loud at least twice today. It is a disturbing portrayal of the lack of serious planning that went into Iraq’s reconstruction and its consequences through 2004. If Chandrasekaran’s picture of life in the Green Zone and the way in which officials both in Washington and on the ground in Iraq went about their jobs then it is clear to me that the present state of affairs was inevitable. I actually feel sick to my stomach reading this book and thinking about the men and women who have given their lives for this failed policy.
A Disturbing Book
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