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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The book on Iraq I've been waiting for?

Christopher Hitchens writes that Doug Feith may have written it (or at least the first).

Hat tip: Instapundit

1 comment:

Glenn said...

This is a very interesting review of Doug Feith's book, and one that leads me to add it to my list. It may be a year or two before I get that far down the list, but I expect I'll get there.

Hitchens, who can be acerbic, and suffers no fool gladly, shares my take on Scott McClellan. Many years ago, I read a novel by Gordon R. Dickson called Tactics of Mistake. Actually, I've read it a couple of times, and I still have a copy handy, in case the urge should strike again. Dickson makes the assertion that you can tell the true quality of a man by the quality of those around him.

I figured out a long time ago that the lesson applied to the Bush administration. The surest sign of George W. Bush's quality as president is the quality of the people he has chosen to be around him: Harriet Miers, Alberto Gonzalez, Tommy Franks.

It was Franks, by the way, who called Feith "The dumbest sonofabitch I ever met," or words to that effect. From the accounts of Franks in the books on Iraq, I'd say that Franks' remark applied most aptly to the man he saw in the mirror every morning. Feith was quite evidently intelligent on a level out of Franks' ability to recognize.