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War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars

War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars

By Richard N. Haass

Simon & Schuster, 2009, 336 pp.

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War of Necessity, War of Choice -- part recent history, part wide-ranging personal memoir, part case study in decision-making -- deserves to be read carefully. This is so not only because Richard Haass has impressive credentials -- he was a top foreign policy official and is now president of the Council on Foreign Relations -- or because he provides a perceptive insider's account of deliberations at the top of the U.S. government that, within a dozen years, resulted in U.S. engagement in two significant wars with Iraq. The

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