Anatomy of a Failure

The Occupation of Iraq
Winning the War, Losing the Peace
Ali A. Allawi
Yale University Press, $28, 544 pp.

Who lost Iraq? This blame game will be the stuff of U.S. electoral politics for the next decade, but for now the military and diplomatic failings of the Bush administration have seemed explanation enough. A foolish venture in regime change morphed into a ruinous effort at nation building that now stands on the brink of nation collapse. The breadth of U.S. failure is the stuff of daily headlines and dozens of books by journalists. Despite...

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Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages and blogs at dotCommonweal.