From the book jacket: The United
States invaded Iraq with grand ambitions to bring it democracy
and thereby transform the Middle East. Instead, Iraq has
disintegrated into three constituent components: a pro-western
Kurdistan in the north, an Iran-dominated Shiite entity in the
south, and a chaotic Sunni Arab region in the center. The
country is plagued by insurgency and is in the opening phases of
a potentially catastrophic civil war.
George W. Bush broke up Iraq when he ordered its invasion in 2003. The United States not only removed Saddam Hussein, it also smashed and later dissolved the institutions by which Iraq's Sunni Arab minority ruled the country: its army, its security services, and the Baath Party. With these institutions gone and irreplaceable, the basis of an Iraqi state has disappeared.
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