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By James Fallows

Within the autumn of 2002, Atlantic per 30 days national correspondent James Fallows wrote an editorial predicting a few of the difficulties the US could face if it invaded Iraq. After occasions proven lots of his predictions, Fallows went directly to write probably the most acclaimed, award-winning journalism at the making plans and execution of the battle, a lot of which has been assigned as required analyzing in the U.S. military.

In Blind Into Baghdad, Fallows takes us from the making plans of the conflict during the struggles of reconstruction. With remarkable entry and incisive research, he exhibits us what percentage of the problems have been expected via specialists whom the management neglected. Fallows examines how the battle in Iraq undercut the bigger ”war on terror” and why Iraq nonetheless had no military years after the invasion. In a sobering end, he interviews squaddies, spies, and diplomats to visualize how a conflict in Iran may play out. this can be a major and crucial publication to appreciate the place and the way the struggle went fallacious, and what it skill for the United States.

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I would like to pretend otherwise, but the warnings in the article had not been very difficult for me to collect. I simply telephoned and visited people and asked their views. I was not an expert on Iraq or the Middle East, and I was working from strictly nonclassified sources. S. government itself had vastly more detailed and incisive analyses to work from—or so its citizens would hope. As it turns out, the government was in fact very well informed about what lay ahead. Where the prewar predictions I had collected proved to be true in general but off in a few particulars, the government’s own efforts, not publicized at the time, proved unnervingly correct.

Compared with all this, evicting Saddam and taking over Iraq would surely be a “cake-walk,” in the words of Kenneth Adelman, an arms control official in the Reagan administration (and a longtime friend of mine). I disagreed with hawks in and around the Bush administration for many reasons. Everything I had heard in the months of working on this first article convinced me that the war and its aftermath would be no cakewalk. Everything I had learned in twenty-five years of covering military and political affairs sobered me about the unforeseen consequences of any decision to go to war.

The other chapter about Iraq, first published in the fall of 2004 as “Bush’s Lost Year,” is the one whose process of reportage was most sobering for me. The idea behind this article was to reconstruct exactly how the general need to respond to the 9/11 attacks had been transformed into the specific need to invade Iraq. Through the process of interviews and research, I became convinced that the early months of 2002 were the real watershed in American policy, even more than the weeks immediately after September 11, 2001, had been.

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