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Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq电子书

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作       者:Christopher Cerf

出  版  社:Simon & Schuster

出版时间:2008-03-25

字       数:187.6万

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Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq is the definitive collection -- systematically categorized, indexed, and footnoted for your convenience -- of authoritative misinformation, disinformation, misunderstanding, miscalculation, egregious prognostication, boo-boos, and just plain lies, about the Iraq War. "Never before has such a large and diverse group of experts been so unanimously in favor of a particular national policy as they were in the case of the U.S. invasion of Iraq," note Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky, who, as co-founders of the Institute of Expertology, the nation's leading purveyor of expertise on expertise, were uniquely qualified to assemble this impressive collection. "In the face of such a consensus, we had no choice but to ask ourselves, 'Could the iron law of expertology -- the experts are never right -- be wrong?'" At once an entertainment, a cautionary tale, a critique of mass media, a reference tool, and a postwar manifesto, Mission Accomplished! presents, as no book has before, the collective wisdom of all those who are presumed to know what they talking about on the subject of America's adventure in Iraq. As this hilarious, yet depressing, volume demonstrates, they don't. From MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." -- President George W. Bush, May 1, 2003 "[Insurgents] pose no strategic threat to the United States or to the Coalition Forces." -- L. Paul Bremer III, Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, November 17, 2003 "Military action will not last more than a week." -- Bill O'Reilly, The O'Reilly Factor, January 23, 2003 "I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah." -- President George W. Bush, at a White House menorah lighting ceremony, December 10, 2001
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Cover

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

Epigraph

Contents

Introduction

Prologue

Part I: Saddam Hussein: “A Force for Peace in The Middle East”

Part II: Premonitions of Liberation

Volume I: The Gathering Storm

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Does Saddam Really Have Them? (Only A Fool—or Possibly A Frenchman— Could Conclude Otherwise)

Does Saddam Have Nukes? “We Don’t Want the Smoking Gun to be a Mushroom Cloud!”

Aluminum Tubes

“16 Little Words”

Chemical and Biological Weapons

Biological Vans: Cooking Everything but the Books?

Anthrax: “Let’s All Take a Deep Breath”

The Loyal Opposition Speaks

The Missing Link

Mohammed Atta’s Trip to Prague: An “Undisputed Fact”

An Imminent Threat?

Postscript: On the Imminency of Nonimminency

Unimpeachable Sources: The World According to Judith Miller

The Search for A Diplomatic Solution

Inspecting the Inspectors (or The Search for Rosie O’Donnell’s Stretch Marks)

Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys

War or Peace? “The Decider Has Yet to Decide”

Volume II: Their Finest Hour: America Readies Itself to Free The Iraqi People

Cakewalk!

How Many Troops Will be Needed?

Postscript: What About Casualties?

A Burning Question: What’s Oil Got to Do With It?

How Much Will it Cost? A War That Will Pay for Itself!

How Long Will it Last? (Or When do We Get to Dine in The Gaslight District?)

And Wait…There’s Even More Good News!

Postscript: “The Rush to Peace”

Volume III: The Grand Alliance

Part I: The Coalition of the Willing Invades Iraq

The Coalition of The Willing

“God is Grilling Their Stomachs in Hell!”

“The Greatest Heroine of All Time”: Saving Private Lynch

Part II: Mission Accomplished

Postscript: and You Know What? Things Could Have Gone Even Better!

Volume IV: The Hinge of Fate

Looting: “A Natural Process” and “A Relief to College Students Everywhere”

Postscript: Keeping Our Priorities Straight

Resistance? What Resistance?

Why Baghdad is Just Like Manhattan (Or is It California?)

The Next (Or Next to Last) Word On Wmds

Postscript: So We Didn’t Find the WMDs. Big Deal!

A “Bunch of Bull”: The “Irrelevant” Debate Over The “16 Little Words”

Revisionist History

The Valerie Plame Affair

Torture: The New Paradigm

Optional Reading: The Geneva Convention

Welcome to Guantánamo!

Postscript: Should Guantánamo Prison Be Shut Down?

The Case for Torture

Postscript: The President Calls the World to Action

The Comforts of Abu Ghraib

All Hail The Viceroy: Jerry Bremer and The Cpa

Reconstruction, American-Style

Postscript: Money Players

Perspectives on Chaos

Coming Real Soon Now: The New, De-Ba’athified Iraqi Security Forces!

Contractors: “Skydivers and Motorcyclists”

“An Uptick in Local Engagements”

The Ambush in Fallujah: What Really Happened?

“Humane Democracy” in Nisour Square

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Postscript: The Cookie and Buzzy Show

A Civil War? Not Bloody Likely!

Mission Accomplished Revisited

Volume V: Closing The Ring: The End Game?

Measuring The Iraq War in “Friedman Units”

Turning Points

Vigilance, The Price of Liberty

Some Dare Call It Treason: America’s Fifth Column

Fear Itself: The Bush Administration Reassures America

Things We Mustn’t Do (So the Terrorists Won’t Win)

Postscript: The Hunt for Osama bin Laden

Volume VI: Triumph or Tragedy? America Looks Back at Five Years of Conflict

Why We Fight

Planting The Seeds of Freedom (The Devil is in The Details)

History’s Judgment

“Resolve, Constancy and Unity of Purpose”

Profiles in Compassionate Conservatism

Rumsfeld’s Performance: The Decider Decides

Nothing Fails Like Success!

Who, Me?

The New Crusaders

Postscript: God Is on Their Side, Too

Pax Americana

In Closing: A Message of Unity and Hope from President George W. Bush

Epilogue: Finally, An Expert Who Was Right

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

The Institute of Expertology

About The Authors

Special Bonus Section: A Sneak Preview of Our Forthcoming Book, The Experts Speak About Iran

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