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For three and a half years, the fog of war and hope of success has kept millions of Americans from delivering a verdict on the war in Iraq. Death tolls and civil strife are way up. American public support is way down. And still, the hope of achieving an upset has kept many from judging.

Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tom Ricks — one of the country's most sober analysts of uniformed and civilian military leadership — has gone deep in Iraq and brought back a verdict. His powerful new book is titled "Fiasco." It is a devastating indictment of the war's origins and execution, and a dire warning on where we stand today.

Hear a conversation with Tom Ricks on the fiasco in Iraq.


Tom Ricks, Pulitzer Prize-winning senior military correspondent at The Washington Post and author of the new book "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq".

This program aired on August 2, 2006.


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