Britain's War in Iraq
Reviews and Awards
"Blunder is an important book and a must-read for those looking for a meticulous and fair-minded account of the most controversial strategic decision of the post-9/11 period." -- Michael McInerney, H-War, H-Net Reviews
"A great achievement." --Sam Roggeveen, Director, International Security Program at the Lowy Institute
"In the welter of critiques of Tony Blair's leading the UK into the war in Iraq, Patrick Porter's stands out for its honesty, deep research, and conclusion that bad ideas, sincerely and widely held, bear primary responsibility. The beliefs that regime change was a moral imperative and required for world security and also that a better government could be readily established produced a combination of fear and confidence that proved lethal." - Robert Jervis, Author of How Statesmen Think
"Blunder is to be commended. Porter has meticulously constructed a rigorous interrogation of Britain's intellectual path to the Iraq War. The history of the Iraq War will continue to be written as additional information becomes available and as its consequences are fully explicated. But Blunder is an important waystation along that path, one readers will want to return to repeatedly." -- Mike Sweeney, Modern War Institute at West Point
"The book is a passionate, indeed a morally based cry for greater consideration of the possibility that bad outcomes can and often do grow from good intentions. In Blunder: Britain's War in Iraq, Porter focuses on British elites' decision for war. He dissects the muddled thinking of supporters of the war and presents a persuasive counterfactual argument for the lesser evil of leaving Saddam Hussein in power. At the heart of his story is the belligerent liberalism that joins so-called neocons and progressives in the belief that democracy grows from the barrel of a gun. Porter also wisely identifies the UK's concern to retain some influence with the last superpower. His lesson learned is that most foreign policy and security problems cannot be solved, and leaders seek quick solutions at their own risk. At best, such problems can be managed." - Jacqueline L. Hazelton, Assistant Professor, Department of Strategy and Policy, Naval War College.