The Unraveling

The Unraveling

High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

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When Emma Sky, an intrepid young British woman, volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, she had little idea what she was letting herself in for: a tour that would last over a decade, longer than that of any senior military of political official. As the only adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Kirkuk and the closest confidante to U.S. General Odierno, Sky was valued for her controversial voice and outsider's point of viewђ́ؤduring the most painful stages of the war, she was one of the few to develop friendships and relationships with both Iraqis and Americans alike. In the West, violence in Iraq is typically explained away as the symptom of psychopathic terrorists, blurring and arbitrary colonial borders, and ancient hatreds between Sunni and Shia. But the violence stems from weak governance and corrupt elites, empowered by the U.S.-led coalition, who use sectarianism to mobilize support and fail to deliver service to the...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781610395946
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

Every one is loved by some one,...

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

Women may only be fifty percent of the population; but they have a hundred percent of the influence!

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

But hard is not hopeless.

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

The Coalition promised regime change but instead brought about state collapse,...

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

If you are not my brother in religion, you are my brother in creation.

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

What other job pays you to knock down doors and blow up things?

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Aug 22, 2015

No group recognized the grievances of the others.

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

The legacy of Saddam's policies haunted Iraq.

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

Nothing That Happened in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 was preordained. And there was nothing inevitable about the way the story unfolded.

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StarGladiator
Apr 20, 2015

Emma Sky, a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute [along with John Negroponte** and Gen. McChrystal], appears to never get it, and thus kind of gives her opinionated version of events. What utter pomposity! Guess Sky was with the CPA when that $8.7 billion in Iraqi oil funds went missing? Wonder what her take on that was? Oh, not in this book . . .I see.

**John Negroponte has a talent to appear whenever BIG EVENTS occur: sighted in the vicinity of Dallas circa 11/22/63; appeared in Pakistan a week or so prior to the assassination of Benizir Bhutto; replaced Jack Binns as ambassador in Guatemala because the Reagan Administrtion thought death squads to be a really cool capitalist tool!

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