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ISBN: 1560255560
Author: Dilip Hiro
Language: English
Publisher: Nation Books (December 25, 2003)
Pages: 496
Category: Politics & Government
Subcategory: Politics
Rating: 4.1
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His examination of Operation Iraqi Freedom and its aftermath is often riveting, if also wildly inconsistent.

His examination of Operation Iraqi Freedom and its aftermath is often riveting, if also wildly inconsistent. Hiro is at his best in describing the covert war the . waged in southern Iraq well before the "actual" hostilities commenced in March 2003. He details the Bush and Blair governments' systematic lies to the UN, to Parliament and Congress, to the British and American peoples, and to the Hutton and other inquiries. Almost everything that we are told about the war comes from & reporters, who are required by contract to agree to obey Bush's instructions.

In some ways, this book is a great deal more distressing than the various pundit books slamming Bush (Moore, Hightower, Frankel, Krugman, Carville, et. because there is not a single caustic turn of phrase, not a single line of satire, not a single double entendre in the entire work. Yet another official secret from the American public is the estimate of the damage done by US forces to the Iraqi infrastructure, and how much it will cost the US taxpayer to pay for this mindless destruction in the heart of the Middle East.

Secrets and Lies book. The Anglo-American invasion of Iraq, masterminded by . President George W. Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, is the single most important event since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Secrets and Lies tells in detail how Operation Iraqi Freedom came about, what it means and where it is likely to lead the .

Secrets and Lies tells in detail how Operation Iraqi Freedom came about, what it means and where it is likely to lead the Middle East and the world at large. It reveals the scope of the "dirty tricks" used by the Anglo-American alliance to sell the war through the phony intelligence reports and the exaggeration of Saddam's possession of weapons of mass destruction. Picking up from the author's recently celebrated essay in the New York Times, "Why the Mullahs Love a Revolution," this leading authority on the Middle East provides us with his skeptical view of "Operation Iraqi Freedom" and his examination of the future in Middle East.

Dilip Hiro, longtime journalist and the author of 25 books including the newly published Secrets and Lies . Secrets and Lies is the name of his latest book Operation Iraqi Freedom and After - Prelude to the Fall of Power. DILIP HIRO: Nation Books.

Dilip Hiro, longtime journalist and the author of 25 books including the newly published Secrets and Lies: Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Collapse of American Power in the Middle East (Nation Books). Other books include Iraq and Iran After the Gulf Wars and Iraq: In the Eye of the Storm. This is viewer supported news. Please do your part today. AMY GOODMAN: Nation Books here in the United States.

A Prelude to the Fall of . Published December 4, 2003 by Nation Books. Power in the Middle East? by Dilip Hiro. Politics and government, Iraq War, 2003-2011. ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2001, the mood was uncommonly grim on the second floor of the thirty-nine-story United Nations skyscraper- the home of the Security Council-along Manhattan's East River.

Secrets and Lies tells in detail how Operation Iraqi Freedom came about, what. Dilip Hiro has been studying Iraq and military affairs in the Middle East for decades, and is among the world's top experts in this field. Most of what he predicted in his previous book, "In The Eye of the Storm," has, as he points out in this new and exciting work, come to pass.

Secrets and lies: Operation ‘Iraqi Freedom’ and after: A prelude to the fall of . The rise and fall of the Communist Party of Iraq. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. CrossRefGoogle Scholar. power in the Middle East? New York, NY: Nation Books.

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Comments:

fightnight
Events of course can be observed and documented, but the inner moods and intentions of humans cannot. This fact is forgotten by historians, political commentators, journalists, pundits, writers, and government officials unfortunately. Instead of documenting the events as they occur, and as can be perceived by everyone, the main goal instead is to impute certain frames of mind in the individuals who are involved in these events. The author of this book is no exception to this trend, and the title of the book is a dead giveaway to this fact. It may be true that George Bush knew that the reasons he spoke of for invading Iraq were false; it is just as plausible to believe that he really believed in the reasons he gave. No matter how "reasonable" it seems to believe that Bush was lying, the fact remains that one cannot look inside his mind to determine if he really was. There is a large uncertainty involved in any conclusion reached regarding the intents and motivations of human beings. Science is just not sophisticated enough to judge by external behavior whether a person is lying, and until it is it must remain an open question as to whether that person is or not.
The author does document the pain and horror felt by the citizens of Iraq when exposed to the horrific act of terror brought onto them by U.S. and coalition forces. He does this by interjecting certain journal entries kept by a few Iraqis during the illegal and immoral invasion of their country. One can only hope in their authenticity, and such skepticism or doubt regarding their authenticity raises other issues involving the claims of certain individuals to have access to information that others do not. In this regard, is the author of this book privy to information that the rest of us do not have? And if the president can engage in such blatant twisting of the facts, why should the reader not believe that the author has also done the same?
A closely related issue is one that also plagues modern journalism and political commentary, namely that the intent of a writer or government official often gets confused with the truth of their claims. It does not matter if the author of this book wrote the book with the intent of financial gain. All that matters is whether the content of the book is true. Many commentators constantly commit this error: the intent of the person for producing a given work is thought to negate the conclusions of the work. The author may have an axe to grind against the current administration, or he may be trying to propagate certain political beliefs or doctrines, or he may be interested in filling his bank account. None of this is relevant regarding the truth of what appears in his book.
But then, how would one verify that what the author is claiming as historical fact is really the way it happened? Should we trust him in this regard? No, we shouldn't. What we should do is engage in the research ourselves in an attempt to verify his assertions. This will be difficult and time-consuming, but such is the nature of seeking the truth. It is easy to form opinions. It is quite another matter to find and verify genuine knowledge.
The book opens with a statement by Bush that he supposedly spoke to (the now former) Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas: "God told me to strike at Al Qaida and I struck them, and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did." I did not hear this statement directly from Bush on television or radio. Did Bush say it? Maybe. Does he believe it? If he does, then Bush is a very disturbed individual. Is it relevant to the author's case in the book, to the historical facts which he takes aim to delineate? No, it is not. It could be omitted without affecting the author's case. It serves no scholarly purpose at all.
Fearlessdweller
Historian and journalist Dilip Hiro has written a detailed account of the continuing Bush/Blair attack on Iraq. He examines the preparations for the invasion, the attack itself and the continuing war since Bush declared victory in May 2003. Hiro shows how the attack on Iraq has diverted us from defeating Al Qa'ida, and how it has increased the terrorist threat.

He details the Bush and Blair governments' systematic lies to the UN, to Parliament and Congress, to the British and American peoples, and to the Hutton and other inquiries. Almost everything that we are told about the war comes from `embedded' reporters, who are required by contract to agree to obey Bush's instructions.

The occupation is causing chaos - 60% unemployment, worsening health and education, an estimated 100,000 killed, shortages of water, fuel and electricity, and minimal rebuilding. The occupying forces are not seeking, and will never achieve, a friendly, stable or democratic Iraq.

The US and British forces are using cluster bombs, heavy artillery and napalm, real weapons of mass destruction, just like in Vietnam. So, as in Vietnam, they are losing hearts and minds, and losing the war.

The January election will not improve security or `change the atmosphere', as Blair claims. Their aim is not election but dereliction. In years to come, if we let it happen, they will sigh, `to save Iraq we had to destroy it'.

Not surprisingly, the occupation is generating popular hatred of the occupier, fuelling the national resistance. The vast majority of the Iraqi people want the occupying forces out as soon as possible, as do the majority of the British and American peoples.

But Blair says that the troops will stay to oversee the 30 January election, then that they will stay till December 2005. The US commanders say that they will leave in 2006, if the security situation allows. Chief of the General Staff Sir Michael Walker says that British troops will stay indefinitely, `depending on the security threat to the Iraqi authorities'. But we can all see that the occupation itself causes the insecurity and chaos.
Coiriel
This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to know why the US military invaded Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Dilip Hiro has compiled a very detailed history of the lead-up to the invasion, the first four weeks, and the aftermath.
He starts with the post-9/11 White House, where the neoconservative Bush administration shifted their focus from fighting terrorism (and fundamentalism in south central Asia and the Middle East) to Iraq. The neocons were dedicated to removing Saddam Hussein, but no one else was. They had to convince Colin Powell, the US population, and the rest of the world. Dilip Hiro shows how the upcoming invasion was marketed using carefully-selected intelligence reports, creating a false crisis. From the yellowcake from Africa to the lies about ongoing inspections by the UN, Dilip Hiro documents it all.
But the invasion takes place anyway. He shifts his focus to the war, using detailed maps and newspaper sources to describe the battles, the setbacks, and the strategies the US military used. He covers the first month of the invasion, ending with the occupation and Bush claiming 'mission accomplished.'
This is a devastating critique of a US foreign policy completely divorced from democracy and world opinion. Every fact in this book, stacked up in page after page, creates a chilling picture of the wrong war for the wrong reasons. If you are only going to read one book on the invasion (and occupation) of Iraq, make it this one. You'll end up referring to it over and over in the next few years, reminding yourself of how we got into this mess.

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