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Fiasco

The American Military Adventure in Iraq

by Thomas E. Ricks

Fiasco by Thomas E. Ricks
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    Jul 2006, 496 pages
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Thomas E. Ricks has been The Washington Post's senior Pentagon correspondent since 2000. Until the end of 1999, he held the same beat at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams for national reporting, he has reported on U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of Making the Corps and A Soldier's Duty.

Between 2003 and 2006 he made five trips to Iraq. He says that on his first trip in April/May 2003 he could walk the streets of Baghdad at night, albeit with caution; even in the summer of 2003 he felt safe driving to Tikrit, but "to do either of those things now [2006] would be suicidal. In January and February of [2006], Baghdad felt worse to me than Mogadishu did when I was there in 1993 or Sarajevo did when I was there a few years later."

Interesting Link: A July 15 2007 article by Thomas Ricks in the Washington Post.

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