'Fiasco,' by Thomas E. Ricks – The New York Times – New York Times

So how important is this book? How credible is this book? Well, The US Army War College, where colonels go to learn to become generals, has made this book mandatory reading for the upcoming semester. I think it shows the disconnect between the "feet on the street" and those whose are inside the beltline who have to adopt the administration’s story to keep their rank and positions.

‘Fiasco,’ by Thomas E. Ricks – The New York Times – New York Times he title of this devastating new book about the American war in Iraq says it all: “Fiasco.” That is the judgment that Thomas E. Ricks, senior Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Post, passes on the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq and its management of the war and the occupation. And he serves up his portrait of that war as a misguided exercise in hubris, incompetence and folly with a wealth of detail and evidence that is both staggeringly vivid and persuasive.