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Cerf, Christopher

Mission Accomplished! or How We Won the War in Iraq

The Experts Speak

illustrated ed

€ 24.09

"Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq" is the definitive collection -- systematically categorized, indexed, and footnoted for your convenience -- of authoritative misinformation, disinformation, misunderstanding, miscalculation, eg regious prognostication, boo-boos, and just plain lies, about the Iraq War. "Never before has such a large and diverse group of experts been so unanimously in favor of a particular national policy as they were in the case of the U.S. invasion of Iraq," note Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky, who, as co-founders of the Institute of Expertology, the nation's leading purveyor of expertise on expertise, were uniquely qualified to assemble this impressive collection. "In the face of such a consensus, we had no choice but to ask ourselves, 'Could the iron law of expertology -- the experts are never right -- be wrong?'"At once an entertainment, a cautionary tale, a critique of mass media, a reference tool, and a postwar manifesto, "Mission Accomplished!" presents, as no book has before, the collective wisdom of all those who are presumed to know what they talking about on the subject of America's adventure in Iraq. As this hilarious, yet depressing, volume demonstrates, they don't.From MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."-- President George W. Bush, May 1, 2003"[Insurgents] pose no strategic threat to the United States or to the Coalition Forces."-- L. Paul Bremer III, Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, November 17, 2003"Military action will not last more than a week." -- Bill O'Reilly, "The O'Reilly Factor, " January 23, 2003"I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah." -- President George W. Bush, at a White House menorah lighting ceremony, December 10, 2001


Taal / Language : English

Inhoudsopgave:
INTRODUCTION xv
PROLOGUE xxiii
PART I: SADDAM HUSSEIN: `A FORCE FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST` xxiii
PART II: PREMONITIONS OF LIBERATION xxv
VOLUME I: THE GATHERING STORM 1
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION: DOES SADDAM REALLY HAVE THEM? (ONLY A FOOL OR POSSIBLY A FRENCHMAN COULD CONCLUDE OTHERWISE)
3
Does Saddam Have Nukes? `We Don`t Want the Smoking Gun to be a Mushroom Cloud!`
8
Aluminum Tubes
9
`16 Little Words`
9
Chemical and Biological Weapons
10
Biological Vans: Cooking Everything but the Books?
12
Anthrax: `Let`s All Take a Deep Breath`
16
The Loyal Opposition Speaks
20
THE MISSING LINK
22
Mohammed Atta`s Trip to Prague: An `Undisputed Fact`
27
AN IMMINENT THREAT?
28
Postscript: On the Imminency of Nonimminency
29
UNIMPEACHABLE SOURCES: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO JUDITH MILLER
29
THE SEARCH FOR A DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION
34
Inspecting the Inspectors (or The Search for Rosie O`Donnell`s Stretch Marks)
34
Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys
35
War or Peace? `The Decider Has Yet to Decide`
39
VOLUME II: THEIR FINEST HOUR: AMERICA READIES ITSELF TO FREE THE IRAQI PEOPLE 42
CAKEWALK!
45
HOW MANY TROOPS WILL BE NEEDED?
46
Postscript: What About Casualties?
48
A BURNING QUESTION: WHAT`S OIL GOT TO DO WITH IT?
49
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? A WAR THAT WILL PAY FOR ITSELF!
52
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST? (OR WHEN DO WE GET TO DINE IN THE GASLIGHT DISTRICT?)
56
And Wait...There`s Even More Good News!
60
Postscript: `The Rush to Peace`
60
VOLUME III: THE GRAND ALLIANCE 62
Part I: The Coalition of the Willing Invades Iraq
62
THE COALITION OF THE WILLING
65
`GOD IS GRILLING THEIR STOMACHS IN HELL!`
67
`THE GREATEST HEROINE OF ALL TIME`: SAVING PRIVATE LYNCH
69
Part II: Mission Accomplished
75
POSTSCRIPT: AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THINGS COULD HAVE GONE EVEN BETTER!
81
VOLUME IV: THE HINGE OF FATE 82
LOOTING: `A NATURAL PROCESS` AND `A RELIEF TO COLLEGE STUDENTS EVERYWHERE`
85
Postscript: Keeping Our Priorities Straight
88
RESISTANCE? WHAT RESISTANCE?
88
WHY BAGHDAD IS JUST LIKE MANHATTAN (OR IS IT CALIFORNIA?)
93
THE NEXT (OR NEXT TO LAST) WORD ON WMDS
96
Postscript: So We Didn`t Find the WMDs. Big Deal!
100
A `BUNCH OF BULL`: THE `IRRELEVANT` DEBATE OVER THE `16 LITTLE WORDS`
101
Revisionist History
101
THE VALERIE PLAME AFFAIR
104
TORTURE: THE NEW PARADIGM
105
Optional Reading: The Geneva Convention
105
Welcome to Guantanamo!
106
Postscript: Should Guant mo Prison Be Shut Down?
109
The Case for Torture
110
Postscript: The President Calls the World to Action
114
The Comforts of Abu Ghraib
115
ALL HAIL THE VICEROY: JERRY BREMER AND THE CPA
121
Reconstruction, American-Style
125
Postscript: Money Players
129
Perspectives on Chaos
130
COMING REAL SOON NOW: THE NEW, DE-BA`ATHIFIED IRAQI SECURITY FORCES!
132
CONTRACTORS: `SKYDIVERS AND MOTORCYCLISTS`
136
`An Uptick in Local Engagements`
136
The Ambush in Fallujah: What Really Happened?
139
`Humane Democracy` in Nisour Square
141
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
144
Postscript: The Cookie and Buzzy Show
148
A CIVIL WAR? NOT BLOODY LIKELY!
149
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED REVISITED
151
VOLUME V: CLOSING THE RING: THE END GAME? 152
MEASURING THE IRAQ WAR IN `FRIEDMAN UNITS`
155
TURNING POINTS
158
VIGILANCE, THE PRICE OF LIBERTY
161
Some Dare Call It Treason: America`s Fifth Column
161
Fear Itself: The Bush Administration Reassures America
165
Things We Mustn`t Do (So the Terrorists Won`t Win)
167
Postscript: The Hunt for Osama bin Laden
168
VOLUME VI: TRIUMPH OR TRAGEDY?
AMERICA LOOKS BACK AT FIVE YEARS OF CONFLICT
170
WHY WE FIGHT
173
PLANTING THE SEEDS OF FREEDOM (THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS)
175
History`s Judgment
175
`Resolve, Constancy and Unity of Purpose`
176
PROFILES IN COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATISM
176
RUMSFELD`S PERFORMANCE: THE DECIDER DECIDES
178
NOTHING FAILS LIKE SUCCESS!
180
WHO, ME?
181
THE NEW CRUSADERS
183
God Is on Our Side
184
Postscript: God Is on Their Side, Too
185
PAX AMERICANA
186
In Closing: A Message of Unity and Hope from President George W. Bush
189
EPILOGUE: FINALLY, AN EXPERT WHO WAS RIGHT 191
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 195
NOTES 199
INDEX 253
THE INSTITUTE OF EXPERTOLOGY 267
ABOUT THE AUTHORS 269
SPECIAL BONUS SECTION: A SNEAK PREVIEW OF OUR FORTHCOMING BOOK, THE EXPERTS SPEAK ABOUT IRAN 271
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Paperback / softback
306 pagina's
Januari 2008
450 gram
229 x 152 x 17 mm
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