Douglas Feith's remarkable War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism is the first book written by a former Bush Administration insider to offer a dispassionate and documented account of the reaction to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 that led to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime.
War and Decision, as the Wall Street Journal has noted, is the first "revisionist history" of the Iraq war. It challenges the conventional wisdom that holds the belief that in a rush to war a cadre of neoconservatives politicized intelligence findings.
Henry Kissinger says of the book, "The fullest and most thoughtful statement of the Pentagon thinking prior to and in the first stages of the Iraq war. Even those, as I, who take issue with some of its conclusions will gain a better perspective from reading this book."
To explore Feith's account, Hudson Institute held a discussion with three former officials who were active participants in the decisions of the day: Paul Wolfowitz, Visiting Scholar with AEI, former President of the World Bank, and former Deputy Secretary of Defense; Peter Rodman, Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution and former Assistant Secretary for Defense and Adviser to the National Security Council; Dan Senor, former Senior Advisor to Presidential Envoy L. Paul Bremer III, Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority. This discussion was moderated by Hudson Institute CEO, Kenneth Weinstein- Hudson Institute
Douglas J. Feith served as the Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy for United States President George W. Bush from July 2001 until he resigned from his position effective August 8, 2005.
Feith's official responsibilities included the formulation of defense planning guidance and forces policy, United States Department of Defense (DoD) relations with foreign countries, and the DoD's role in U.S. Government inter-agency policymaking.
Peter Rodman is an expert on regional policies relating to Europe, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Persian Gulf. A former assistant secretary of defense and advisor to the National Security Council and State Department, Rodman held posts in the administrations of Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. He is also on the Defense Policy Board.
Daniel Senor is a founding parter of Rosemont Capital LLC, and Rosemont Solebury Capital Management, an analyst at Fox News, and frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal. His most notable accomplishment to date was his position as chief spokesperson for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.
Kenneth R. Weinstein is Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Institute. He oversees the institute's research, project management, external affairs, marketing, and government relations efforts.
Paul Wolfowitz is a former United States Ambassador to Indonesia, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, and President of the World Bank. He is currently a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, working on issues of international economic development, Africa, and public-private partnerships.
Paul Wolfowitz, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, agrees with the assertion that the biggest mistake the United States made in the Iraq war was maintaining an occupation government for over a year, missing the opportunity to empower Iraqi authority immediately after major combat ended.
Douglas Feith, author of War and Decision, reveals that even though Saddam Hussein did not have active stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, he had a dormant weapons program that could have manufactured the stockpiles within weeks. All the while, he maintained to the world that he did have a stockpile of weapons.
Wolfowitz discusses the war in Iraq while glossing over every controversial topic connected to it... as if there is no need to discuss them, i.e., first and foremost, What were the reasons for going to war in the first place?