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eBook A Long, Short War epub
  • ISBN: 0143016083
  • Genre: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Politics & Government
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin USA (P) (December 2003)
  • ePUB size: 1628 kb
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A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq is a collection of twenty-two articles originally written by Christopher Hitchens for the online magazine Slate.

A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq is a collection of twenty-two articles originally written by Christopher Hitchens for the online magazine Slate. The articles support the impending American-led invasion of Iraq and were written between November 7, 2002 and April 18, 2003.

In essence, I found "A Long Short War" to be a long short read

In essence, I found "A Long Short War" to be a long short read. I kept waiting for serious discussions, which never came, of whether US entry into Iraq was justified for the reasons that the US supposedly entered. It is a very weak book that is strong on reasons why Saddam Hussein is/was a bad man. Unable to explain how Congress and the public were not misled into supporting US entry into Iraq, Hitchens merely repeats again and again how bad a man Hussein is/was as though this makes the question irrelevant. Hitchens is clearly an intelligent man who is up on his facts.

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A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq is a collection of twenty two articles written by Christopher Hitchens for the online magazine Slate. The articles support the impending American led invasion of Iraq and were written between November 7, 2002 and April 18, 2003. I began from the viewpoint of one who took the side of the Iraqi and Kurdish opposition to Saddam Hussein, who hoped for their victory, and who had come to believe that the chiefest and gravest mistake of Western and especially American statecraft had been to reconfirm Saddam Hussein in power in 1991" (Hitchens, v).

The shortest Wars were: The Spanish-American War of 1898 lasted approximately 6 months; however some historians claim 8 months. Operation Desert Storm (January and Febuary 1991) lasted approximagtely 45 days

The shortest Wars were: The Spanish-American War of 1898 lasted approximately 6 months; however some historians claim 8 months. Operation Desert Storm (January and Febuary 1991) lasted approximagtely 45 days. The "occupation" continued longer but the War was over in essentially 45 days.

A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq is a collection of twenty-two articles originally written by Christopher Hitchens for the online magazine Slate

A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq is a collection of twenty-two articles originally written by Christopher Hitchens for the online magazine Slate.

In the author's words, the intention was that of testing short-term analyses against longer term ones, whilst subjecting long-term convictions to shorter-term challenges. The essays are presented unchanged; only a short preface, an introduction and an epilogue have been added. In the introduction, Hitchens sets out his convictions whilst pointing out the contradictory and sometimes completely ridiculous arguments of the anti-war Left and isolationist Right. The witty way he demolishes the facile slogans of the so-called peaceniks often makes the reader laugh out loud.

A Long Short War' is the one essential book for anyone who wants to understand the greatest global crisis of the past decade, one that bitterly divided public opinion across the United States - and the world. Watching events unfold in the . and writing directly from Iraq, Christopher Hitchens reported on the current crisis while at the same time emphasizing the historical perspective - that this war began when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, only a few months after the fall of the Berlin Wall

A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq is a collection of twenty-two articles originally written by Christopher Hitchens for the online magazine Slate.

The short war is a war of prevention against a weapons of mass . This book launch party was held in the institute’s new downtown Seattle headquarters

The short war is a war of prevention against a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) catastrophe. He argues that we have failed to invest enough human and material resources to give ourselves the best chance to prevail. This book launch party was held in the institute’s new downtown Seattle headquarters. John Wohlstetter talked about his book, The Long War Ahead and the Short War Upon Us: Imperfect Civilization, Perfect Barbarism and WMD Terror, published by Discovery Institute Press. He sees two wars with very different challenges.

A slate book. It is the one essential book for anyone who wants to understand the greatest global crisis of the past decade,one that bitterly divided public opinion across the United States- and the world.
Comments: (7)
September
When the USA invaded Iraq, taking my own country with them (Australia), I was against it. I saw it as a distraction, and sideline and an error. I was wrong.

Hitchens puts together a very strong argument for the initial invasion. That Saddam was clearly an evil man, the last of the petty fuhrers, an unstable centre in a middle east where Afghanistan was being reintegrated into the modern world.

It was only during The Surge that I started to understand the reasons why Saddam had to fall. Given the historical errors that had been made up to then it was a dramatic conversion based, largely, on this book and related information.

After the surge Al-Qaeda was defeated. Iraq was relatively peaceful and governed, even if poorly. We had arrived at a point where the future middle east could be build free of a fascistic, bloodthirsty distraction. Sadly, the gains of the surge were lost once the USA abandoned Iraq and the rest is history.
Ballazan
There is no written word from the Hitch that is lacking. This short book, a collection of the best essays addressing the best points to support his belief, will reinforce the opinion of those that were for the removal of Saddam as well as give pause, and hopefully allow reflection, for opponents of regime change if they decide to read this.
Enditaling
great
Goldfury
I really enjoyed the book and the dissenting opinion of the war.
Zyangup
Christopher Hitchens is a writer I agree with in the majority of cases. I do not agree, however, with his support of the Iraqi War. I still don't agree with Christopher, even after reading this book, but for anyone who has any interest in another point of view, this book is worth picking up.
Realistic
Brilliant. We miss the Hitch.
Kesalard
Naturally Christopher Hitchens talks about Iraq in ways that cuts through everyone else's double talk and excuses. Everything you need to know about Iraq is in this small 100 page book, although he mentions other necessary books for understanding Iraq. At the same time, he cuts down all the excuse makers and moral equivalence puzzlers without hesitation. After this book was written, it was over for the anti-war crowd.
I realize "A Long Short War" is now a dated book that doesn't need one more review, still...

Having grown tired of hearing how I should read "A Long Short War" because ot explains why the war in Iraq is proper and how the book "is only about 100 pages", I decided I'd finally read it, hence the title of this review.

This book is not really about the War in Iraq! It says so in the title, "The Postponed Liberation of Iraq". It is about how Saddam Hussein is a bad man who should never have been in power and that the world would be a better place if he were unable to practice his particular kind of rule. As far as I can tell, there are not many debating whether Hussein was a bad man in the end, even among those who believe he wasn't one in the beginning.

There is a tacit assumption in "A Long Short War" of the end justifying the means. Hitchens felt Hussein should be out of power, so he sees the war as a good thing. However, he does not deal seriously with the issue that the simple overthrow of Hussein is not the reason the Congress or American people were given for embarking on the war in Iraq. No WMD? Well, Hussein was trying to make them (in Hitchens' view) and there's no question (for Hitchens) that Hussein would have been successful if given enough time. Still, Hussein's having the time and inclination to make WMD was not the reason for US involvement. It was the presence of WMD, which many now argue was known to be false at the time. This is a point that Hitchens does not take up.

In essence, I found "A Long Short War" to be a long short read. I kept waiting for serious discussions, which never came, of whether US entry into Iraq was justified for the reasons that the US supposedly entered. It is a very weak book that is strong on reasons why Saddam Hussein is/was a bad man. Unable to explain how Congress and the public were not misled into supporting US entry into Iraq, Hitchens merely repeats again and again how bad a man Hussein is/was as though this makes the question irrelevant. Hitchens is clearly an intelligent man who is up on his facts. It is easy to see how he and those who quote him can create a very powerful smoke screen, but in the end that's all it is--smoke. His silence on the *way* the US entered Irag is, to borrow from an old but apt cliche, deafening.
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