The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War

The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War

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by Joseph M. Hoeffel
     
 

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How deceptive can Washington be? And how damaging is this deceit for our foreign policy? Former Congressman Joseph Hoeffel reveals how the Bush White House twisted arms and distorted intelligence to get support for the war. In The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War, Hoeffel recalls how Congress struggled and failed to resist the war drums - and calls for… See more details below

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How deceptive can Washington be? And how damaging is this deceit for our foreign policy? Former Congressman Joseph Hoeffel reveals how the Bush White House twisted arms and distorted intelligence to get support for the war. In The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War, Hoeffel recalls how Congress struggled and failed to resist the war drums - and calls for intelligence reforms to prevent it from happening again. This first-person account of one Congressman's vote to defend his country, and his regret at believing the lies, comes as Iraq descends into civil war. Hoeffel brings us the real story of how the war and occupation ruined Iraq, and what the US should do now, as the debate flares up anew.
* First account by any Congressman to divulge the truth about what really happened in briefings with key Bush Administration figures.
* Praise from Minority Leader and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Former House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, and many other distinguished members of Congress.
* The full story of how war hawks deceived the public, media and Congress - the same people are pushing for US troops in Iraq again.
* Tells how war and occupation destroyed Iraqi institutions, replacing them with an inept, corrupt, sectarian, pro-Iran regime.
* Most Americans want to leave Iraq alone. US intervention helped enemies and extremists, weakened allies and moderates.
* Proposes reforms to require full public disclosure of intelligence, and a clear mandate from Congress before any major military action.
* Will appeal to fans of authors like Rachel Maddow (Drift), Isikoff and Corn (Hubris), Scahill (Blackwater), and Woodward (Bush at War).

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Editorial Reviews

US Congress - Nancy Pelosi
"Congressman Hoeffel offers his readers a candid and unsparing insider's account of one of the most consequential Congressional votes in modern history - the fateful decision to authorize war with Iraq. This wrenching and detailed assessment of the misleading case for war presented to the American people provides an important new perspective on the rush to invade Iraq."
- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA)
US Congress - Dick Gephardt
"This very important book will make readers understand that dedicated and intelligent Members of Congress - like author Hoeffel - thought their vote on the Iraq War was right but with hindsight are willing to admit the vote was wrong and analyze why it was wrong. If we can't learn from history - we are doomed to repeat it."
-- Former House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, (D-MO)
US Congress - Admiral ret'd. Joe Sestak
"The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War is centered on the fundamental illness of Washington: the absence of accountability by our leaders, no matter how you feel about the Iraq War. Hoeffel calls for both the political courage and transparency needed for Congress to focus on facts, not political expediencies, to do its job. And, sadly, he leaves us with an awareness that even in a decision to take our nation to war, Diogenes continues to carry his lantern in our Capitol."
US Congress - Dennis Kucinich
"Every American who was drawn to support America's attack upon Iraq needs to read Congressman Hoeffel's honest, straight-forward reappraisal of the vote on the Iraq War resolution. Congressman Hoeffel grappled with the decision to go to war. His reflection marks a courageous call to conscience by a man who loves America."
US Congress - Walter Jones
"This book should be a reminder to the American people that no administration or Congress should commit young men and women to war based on manipulated intelligence � the people must demand the truth!"
- Congressman Walter Jones, (R-NC)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149632398
Publisher:
Progressive Press
Publication date:
07/28/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
1,078,196
File size:
3 MB

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