POLICY LESSONS FROM AN UNEXPECTED SOURCE

  • Peter Vale

Abstract

Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes. (2008), The Three Trillion Dollar War. The TrueCost of the Iraq Conflict. London: Penguin. 311 pages. In April 2008, Paul Wolfowitz admitted that the US was “pretty much cluelesson counterinsurgency” during the first year of the Iraq War. This confession saysmuch about the ongoing war in that country. At that time, it will be remembered,Wolfowitz was the US Deputy Secretary for Defence and together with his boss, thethen Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, was a leading “Neo-Con” (Neo-Conservative) – as this ever more notorious thread of American foreign policythinking has been called.Six years on – and well over a million Americans and Iraqis dead – the truth is,at last, seeping through about the invasion of Iraq, its immediate aftermath and thedrawn-out war.
Published
2011-08-08
Section
Book Reviews