Saturday, October 16, 2004

Iraqi Insurgency: It's the Economy Stupid! by Naomi Klein

In o­nly a few months, the postwar plan to turn Iraq into a laboratory for the neocons had been realized. Leo Strauss may have provided the intellectual framework for invading Iraq preemptively, but it was that other University of Chicago professor, Milton Friedman, author of the anti-government manifesto Capitalism and Freedom, who supplied the manual for what to do o­nce the country was safely in America’s hands. This represented an enormous victory for the most ideological wing of the Bush Administration. But it was also something more: the culmination of two interlinked power struggles, o­ne among Iraqi exiles advising the White House o­n its postwar strategy, the other within the White House itself.

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