Robert Draper, a writer at large for The New York Times Magazine spoke with Business Insider about his new book “To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq.”
The book recounts all the terrible decisions based off of bad intelligence and motivated reasoning that led the most disastrous US foreign policy action in recent memory.
“I’m not totally convinced that there has been the level of introspection throughout the Washington community that there ought to be. And I hope if my book can provide us a service, that would be that it would inspire that kind of reckoning and self-inspection,” Draper said.
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Robert Draper, a writer at large for The New York Times Magazine and a contributor to National Geographic, is the author of the new book “To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq.” Draper in 2008 published another book about Bush, “Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush,” which covered the first six years of his presidency.
In a phone interview with Business Insider Columnist Anthony L. Fisher, Draper talked about why he felt the time was right to revisit the greatest foreign policy catastrophe of modern times, Donald Rumsfeld’s micro-managing megalomania, and who in the administration will Colin Powell never forgive.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
“A fundamental illogic pervaded”
Fisher: Such a catastrophic moment in recent American history, while not forgotten, is certainly not discussed nearly as much as one might expect. So what made you want to write this book now?
Draper: This was sort of a case of unfinished business for me. I had done this biography of Bush’s presidency while the Iraq saga was still unfolding. It was such a moving target that I didn’t sufficiently …read more
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