Wars of Choice and Necessity

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Richard Haass severed as a senior advisor to both Bush Administrations. In his book, War of Necessity, War of Choice he takes us inside the government’s decision making processes in both Iraq Wars.

Event: Richard Haass will be in conversation with Katie Couric
Wednesday, May 27th, at 8:00 pm
The 92nd Street Y
Tickets: $27
More information and tickets here.


Richard Haass

Comments [18]


hi! i totally disagree with Mr. Haas - the ideas and executions of the committing torture were criminal and all the people involved should be investigated and brought to trial - and then we will know the motives of the Bush Administration - and i also think it is shamefully ridiculous that we have not done it already.

May. 27 2009 08:37 PM
Mike Choi from Over a Bridge or Through a Tunnel

Josh [#5]:

Korea is in NORTHeast Asia, between China and Japan, not southeast Asia. Perhaps you're thinking of Vietnam.

May. 27 2009 08:09 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Cheney Fan from Westchester, let's increase your taxes by 2000% and have a general military draft up to the age of 100 so that you too can fight all of Cheney’s enemies. Put your life on the line baby.

May. 27 2009 03:05 PM
kevin from Chelsea

Dear Leonard,

It seemed inevitable that you would catch "it" for that K. Couric thing. Keep tryinng though. Hopefully she is protected by a more cheerful assumption of humor than some of your listeners.

Still:Bad bad bad bad bad bad Leonard!

feel better now?



May. 27 2009 01:36 PM
db from nyc

... Haass is both psychotic and delusional.

May. 27 2009 01:36 PM
roberta galant from Chappaqua N.Y.

Stupid and thoughtless crack about Katie Couric,
you owe her an on air opology

May. 27 2009 01:21 PM
Steve from New Jersey

Mr. Hoss, is this book supposed to absolve you of your part in perhaps the greatest political and humanitarian disaster in U.S. history. Still dothing but contempt for this country and its people...shameless.

May. 27 2009 01:17 PM
Jessica Rae Patton from Fairfield, CT

You're comment at the end of this segment that you hope Katie Couric treats Richard Haass better than she treated Sarah Palin is silly. I assume you were trying to be funny, but c'mon. Props to Katie Couric for life for professionally, courteously giving Sarah Palin enough proverbial rope and airtime to hang herself.

May. 27 2009 12:50 PM
Cheney Fan from Westchester

Here's one for NYC and democracy. Let's see how many fellow listeners use inappropriate comments to me because of this.

I think Haass should not flip again. This war is necessary. You will see in the long run.
We must defeat any kind of world threatening fanaticism North Korea, Saddam, Afghanistan, Iran by any means - diplomacy was tried!

May. 27 2009 12:40 PM
antonio from park slope

I think what he just described is called "cherry picking."

Which reminds me did he come across to all that intelligence that Bob Graham had on the WMD's??

May. 27 2009 12:37 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

It is because of myopic views and misunderstandings of global issues by Mr. Haass and the foreign policy class that America ends up in losing global military adventurism. Fighting the world for supremacy while the national economy goes to hell.

May. 27 2009 12:33 PM
Bobby G from East Village

Isn't the result the of George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq the strengthening of the position of Iran?

May. 27 2009 12:31 PM
Jim LaForge from Roselle Park NJ

Was perhaps Cheney's relationship to Halliburton part of the motivation, profits due to his relationship with them

May. 27 2009 12:27 PM
josh karan from Washington Height District 6 Manhattan

Richard Haas is right.
Korea & Gulf War 1 were wars of necessity.

That is if you believe that the US has the right to rule the world --- whether in southeast Asia or the Middle East.

This unacknowledged belief is what underlies most mainstream commentators.

It is a view satirized by the bumper sticker reading
"So what its their land. It's our oil under their land".

May. 27 2009 12:21 PM
Sara from Manhattan

Yeah, Yeah "I never thought the 2nd Iraq war was right but I shut up and went along anyway". Now that he wants to sell a book he develops a different conscious. Stick to your principles. This war may seem unpopular but history shows in the long that wars are necessary. Democracy for Iraq and our islam brothers - stop fanaticism!

Haass will change his mind again no doubt, when the opinion polls and fickle majority change confront more islamic fanaticism.

May. 27 2009 12:18 PM
George Bendemann from Hudson County

This guy is trying too make some money with a book and tour even though he was responsibile in part for these decisions. Please continue your argument Leonard, why did you come out "40/60" (not believable) in favor? He's a shameless, cowardly huckster.

May. 27 2009 12:12 PM
Hugh from Brookyn

Hans Blix didn't "just happen to be right". He was right on the evidence. Americans like Richard Haass, and thousands in the US government and media, willfully ignored glaring facts widely publicized around the world.

Sheer unalloyed delusion, bordering on psychosis, by Haass and many others (including such media darlings as Thomas Friedman, George Packer, and most members of Congress and all members of the Bush administration).

May. 27 2009 12:11 PM
Steve (the other one) from Manhattan

Leonard - please ask him if he thinks Cheney and the other torture policy architects are war criminals.

May. 27 2009 12:10 PM

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