Iraq’s former trade, defense and finance minister has written a scathing assessment of the war. A book by Ali A. Allawi, a prominent member of the post-Saddam regime, offers a surprisingly frank appraisal of what he calls the “monumental ignorance” and “rank amateurism and swaggering arrogance” of the occupation of his country.
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In a rueful reflection on what might have been, an Iraqi government insider details in 500 pages the U.S. occupation’s “shocking” mismanagement of his country—a performance so bad, he writes, that by 2007 Iraqis had “turned their backs on their would-be liberators.”
“The corroded and corrupt state of Saddam was replaced by the corroded, inefficient, incompetent and corrupt state of the new order,” Ali A. Allawi concludes in “The Occupation of Iraq,” newly published by Yale University Press.
Allawi writes with authority as a member of that “new order,” having served as Iraq’s trade, defense and finance minister at various times since 2003. As a former academic, at Oxford University before the U.S.-British invasion of Iraq, he also writes with unusual detachment.