An analysis of US policy in the Middle East and the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq. When this book was published in 2008 my criticism of the war was not mainstream. Now Americans have come around to seeing that it was a disaster for the US and the region. Plenty of people understood this, but the neocons in the Bush Government were determined to have the war. Now the air is fill with hypocrisy of politicians saying they would not have gone to war knowing what they know now. That is nonsense. War fever was high. Corporations smelled great profits. America is an empire. Iraq was awash with oil. The press was cheer-leading for the overthrow of Saddam. Not a one of them would have opposed the war. They would have lost their campaign dollars. The historical memory of most Americans is exceedingly short.