|Asunto:||[LaLuchaContinúa] [TD] Tomgram: Mark Danner, How a War of Unbound Fantasies Happened|
|Fecha:||Martes, 21 de Noviembre, 2006 16:49:19 (-0500)|
|Autor:||TomDispatch <tomdispatch @...............org>
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Tomgram: Mark Danner, How a War of Unbound Fantasies Happened
From fantasies come consequences caught, in the case of Iraq, by the following
headline from the Houston Chronicle, "At least 700 Iraqis die in 8 days of
unrelenting violence." ("They've been beheaded, tortured and blown up while
looking for work. They've been shot, kidnapped and felled by mortars.") Think of
this as George W. Bush's Iraq. Mark Danner, one of our most incisive writers on
Bush's war, steps back in this moment that he calls "the time of solutions" to
consider just how we got from the soaring rhetoric (not to speak of the lies and
manipulations) of the Bush administration, from those planet-encompassing dreams
of domination, to the most singularly sordid situation imaginable -- with the
possibility of worse still ahead.
This is certainly one of the longest pieces the New York Review of Books has
ever run in a single issue. (It will appear in the December 21st issue, soon on
the newsstands.) It won't even fit in the Tomdispatch "shell" and so I'm proud
to post it, with the kind permission of the editors of the New York Review of
Books, as an instant two-part piece. Most of you will be breaking for
Thanksgiving. So now you have your assignment for the extended weekend. I
couldn't send along a better journalist -- or writer -- as company.
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Iraq: The War of the Imagination
By Mark Danner
[This piece, which appears in the December 21, 2006 issue of the New York
Review of Books, is posted here with the kind permission of the editors of that
"Today, if we went into Iraq, like the president would like us to do, you know
where you begin. You never know where you are going to end." -- George F.
Kennan, September 26, 2002
"I ask you, sir, what is the American army doing inside Iraq?... Saddam's story
has been finished for close to three years." -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of
Iran to Mike Wallace on Sixty Minutes, August 13, 2006
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