Across the Bay

Friday, April 23, 2004

Kaplan on Woodward

Fred Kaplan wrote a review of Bob Woodward's new book in Slate.

The main failure that Kaplan points out is the total lack of treatment of President Bush's strategic reasons for going to war in Iraq and dethroning Saddam Hussein. Why the President (and Cheney, who in '91 opposed the idea) thought it imperative to do so now is completely absent from the book according to Kaplan.

This is significant because the possible long term strategic positive repercussions of the Iraq war need to be considered seriously beyond the simplistic "Iraq is a distraction from Al-Qaeda."