April 2013

Lowy Institute: More on the avoidable Iraq insurgency

After the column that Michael wrote last month, a piece ran by someone who disagreed with some of his points. (The links to both are below.) Today a response from Michael was posted:

More on the avoidable Iraq insurgency
By Michael Ware - 9 April 2013 12:48PM
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Michael Ware was a war correspondent for TIME Magazine and CNN. He spent six years in Iraq.


fantasy – (noun) the faculty or activity of imagining things, esp things that are impossible or improbable.

A few of Kipling's words keep peeling like church bells in my head as I finally sit and ponder Derek Woolner's response to my Iraq war tenth anniversary piece:

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools 

Please understand I don't mean disrespect to Woolner. But his perspective on the insurgency is heinously flawed and, much like America's war leaders were, perversely dismissive of reports from the ground.

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