The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the Warby Joseph M. Hoeffel
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, and many other distinguished members of Congress.
* The full story of how war hawks deceived the public, media and Congress; same people still 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).
- Progressive Press
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Hoeffel provides a detailed examination of the lead-up to the vote for military action in Iraq circa 2002-2003. Hoeffel's position as a Democratic Congressman and a member of the International Relations Committee gave him a front row seat to the all-out blitz by the Bush administration to proactively engage and unseat the Hussein regime. The detailed analysis showing the discrepancies between the actual assessments made by the various intelligence agencies versus what the administration was feeding the public and Congress is damning. A very strong case is presented that the White House did indeed knowingly and irresponsibly led the nation into war (and its even more tragic aftermath) under false pretenses. This book can be recommended to anyone wishing to get a firm handle on the weeks leading up to that fateful vote. What Hoeffel leaves for another day or for someone else is why we were led into this quagimire -- what were the true objectives of the administration in initiating this war. Despite the factual nature of the analysis and reporting, there is some level of partisanship that does sneak into the narrative. Of specific note is the fact that a number of high ranking congressmen also read the comprehensive and detailed intel reports (that Hoeffel, the rest of Congress and the public did not see until it was too late) and the Dem leaders still supported the administration's call to war (with the interesting exception of Nancy Pelosi who arises as an unlikely voice of principal and dare I say reason). These Dems who would seem equally culpable are spared criticism in the book which isn't quite a level playing field. Overall however, a very worthwhile, well-researched read.