What I Heard About Iraq

In the 5 January 2006 issue of the London Review of Books, Eliot Weinberger reprises his “What I Heard About Iraq,” this time focusing solely on 2005. A must read. Here’s a tiny snippet:

I heard Donald Rumsfeld say: ‘Well, you never know what’s going to happen. I presented the President a list of about fifteen things that could go terribly, terribly wrong before the war started. And the fact that the oilfields could have been set aflame like they were in Kuwait, the fact that we could have had mass refugees and dislocations and it didn’t happen. The bridges could have been blown up. There could have been a fortress Baghdad with a moat around it with oil in it and people fighting to the death. So a great many of the bad things that could have happened did not happen.’ I heard a journalist ask him: ‘Was a robust insurgency on your list that you gave the President?’ And I heard Rumsfeld reply: ‘I don’t remember whether that was on there.’

More, lots more here. Weinberger’s original “What I Heard About Iraq,” which also appeared in the LRB, was published as a book by Verso last May.

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