A favorite section in the book:
Several of Bush's top advisers believe that the president's view of postwar Iraq was significantly affected by his meeting with three Iraqi exiles in the Oval Office several months before the 2003 invasion, Draper reports.So instead of siding with the many Middle East experts at the time who warned against the invasion or at minimum that we would not be greeted with open-arms (thus needing many more troops), our president decides to go with the guesses of three (3) random Iraqi exiles.
He writes that all three exiles agreed without qualification that "Iraq would greet American forces with enthusiasm. Ethnic and religious tensions would dissolve with the collapse of Saddam's regime. And democracy would spring forth with little effort -- particularly in light of Bush's commitment to rebuild the country."
Astonishing, but then again not.