PART TWO: THE ARCHITECTS OF WAR
On March 20, 2003, the US invaded Iraq. More than 6 years
later we're still there. What happened? Were we prepared? In this hour
of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk with the planners of
the war in Iraq. From Neoconservatives, to Department of Defense officials.
From members of the Iraqi government to military personnel. Will their
preparations lead us to peace or
After a quick look back at Neo-conservative Richard
Perle's 2003 justification for war with Iraq, Steve Paulson talks
with Douglas Feith about decision-making in the wake of 9/ll.
Feith is a leading neo-conservative intellectual, who was Under Secretary
of Defense for Policy under Donald Rumsfeld, and one of the architects
of the Bush Administration's war on terrorism. He is the author of "War
and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism."
Also, Colonel David Lapan is Director of Public Affairs for the
U.S. Marine Corps and was one of the architects of the Defense Department's
Embedded Media Program. Jim Fleming caught up with him one hectic day
at the Pentagon and they talked about the merits of the embed program.
David Kilcullen is the author of "The Accidental
Guerilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One." Kilcullen
was a top military advisor to General Petraeus during the troop surge
in Iraq. He tells Anne Strainchamps that most counter-insurgency efforts
fail because foreign armies usually galvanize opposition from local
people. Also, Ali Allawi was Minister of Trade and Minister of
Defense in the Interim Iraqi Governing Council in 2003 and 2004. He
resigned his position as Minister of Finance in the Iraqi Transitional
Government because he was frustrated by the political infighting. Allawi
recalls his experiences and reflects on the present situation during
this conversation with Steve Paulson. Allawi's book is called "The
Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War: Losing the Peace."
Journalist Thomas Ricks writes for The Washington
Post and has won two Pulitzer Prizes. He's also the author of books
called "Fiasco" and "The Gamble," both about the
war in Iraq. He talks with Jim Fleming about how close the U.S. came
to losing the war in Iraq on November 19, 2004 in a town called Haditha,
150 miles north of Baghdad.
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