Liberate and Leave

Monday, July 13, 2009

Don Eberly, who was a senior official at USAID during the lead-up to the Iraq invasion and then served on a post-war civil administration team for two years, gives an insider’s account of what happened in Iraq following the invasion. His book is Liberate and Leave: Fatal Flaws in the Early Strategy for Postwar Iraq.


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Comments [13]


Don Eberly on the US and torture: we're better than Arab dicatorships. Shameless.

Jul. 16 2009 09:53 AM
Dan from Pearl River NY

Darren, I agree on the bigger threat should have been dealt with first. My original point is that the show takes the safe route, take a leftist show, put only those who agree with you and do the liberal dance. Or simply behave like MSNBC.

Jul. 13 2009 05:11 PM
Darren from Brooklyn


If you're still reading this-

You're putting ridiculous words in my mouth. If you can focus and stay on point, you might actually make a lucid argument. Yours is a non-argument, of course I'm not in favor of dictators, or terrorists- you're being silly. My priority however would be to first address those legitimate threats to this country. (Saddam was not one of them.)

Jul. 13 2009 01:53 PM
Dan from Pearl River NY

So what your saying is genocide, terrorist training camps, threats to our freedom are OK. My point is that WNYC does not have what it takes to take a middle road stance or put on a guest that will admit to the good points of our former administration and the obvious issues being created by Pres Obama.

Jul. 13 2009 01:16 PM
Greg Kearnan from Somerset NJ

Mr. Eberly's implication at the end of the interview that some form of justice was served regarding Abhu Ghraib was unacceptable.

Lindy England has had her life ruined and two other participants were offered up as scapegoats for a systemic problem that many people in highest levels of the military and our government were aware of.

Mr. Cheney's continual defense of the stategies of torture that have cost the US any moral standing is a indication that NOTHING meaningful came out of Abu Ghraib.

Read - FIASCO.

Jul. 13 2009 01:03 PM
Darren from Brooklyn

It's exhausting that conservatives think that being in a fight means you're defending something. If Bush was interested in defending the country, he would have gone into Afghanistan first and looked into the Saudi connection. None of the 19 hijackers were Iraqi, nor was Iraq involved with Al-Quaeda.

Jul. 13 2009 01:02 PM
Dan from Pearl River NY

Will Conservatives or the former administration ever get cut a break for keeping this nation safe. Will the NPR bias toward the left ever allow our current administration for the extreme and uneeded debt we are being thrown into?

Jul. 13 2009 12:45 PM
Lawrence from Keyport, NJ

Hello.....Don. You don't do "this thing" based on lies, ignorance and bully, cowboy neo-con hackery. After looking at our US history for, oh, one or two seconds, you might see that overthrowing governments only makes both nations weaker and more vulnerable to attack.

Jul. 13 2009 12:44 PM
Kenny - Interesting ! from Manhattan

good interview, great guest. Thanks Leonard for bringing some balance and common sense to the whole Iraq mess. Lessons learned:

1) It was not the debathification that was the problem - far more complicated than that.
2) Husseins were evil and we did right in getting rid of them.
3) You gotta have a plan!

Jul. 13 2009 12:44 PM
b smart from brooklyn

What an apologist!!! Excuses, excuses.

Jul. 13 2009 12:43 PM
PM from NYC

Thomas Ricks...FIASCO...a must read!!!

Jul. 13 2009 12:39 PM
Lori from Montclair, NJ


He earned a salary off this war and now he'll sell books by criticizing/justifying it -- no shame.

Jul. 13 2009 12:23 PM
Darren from Brooklyn

This is disgusting. This guy keeps going into how hard it was to go into Iraq, but keeps insisting how important and necessary it was.

Obviously it was hard, it was also unnecessary and the hubris required to sacrifice the thousands of lives is gross.

Jul. 13 2009 12:23 PM

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