Ricks: the 'Fiasco' of the Bush administration
August 15, 2006
Thomas Ricks, author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq appeared on The Daily Show to talk about his book, the military, and how the Bush administration screwed up.
Ricks: Ã¢â‚¬Å“When I first wrote this book, people would say Ã¢â‚¬Ëœare you sure you want to call it that?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Nobody says that to me anymore.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Stewart:Ã¢â‚¬Å“No, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s another F-word that comes to mind.Ã¢â‚¬ÂRicks, who reports on the pentagon for The Washington Post, has unique insight into how the military is coping from the stress of Iraq. He says:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It's pretty roughÃ¢â‚¬Â¦especially the lack of accountability, the lack of real genuine support for giving troops what they need to get the job done right, not just in terms of equipment but often in terms of training and understanding what they're doing out there.Ã¢â‚¬ÂOne of the many ironies that Ricks addresses is the fact that, the four people he sees as the main culprits for this Ã¢â‚¬ËœfiascoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢--Paul Bremmer, Tommy Franks, Donald Rumsfeld and of course the President--receive accolades and honors for their incompetence, while those who are in the field and doing their job are largely ignored or fired.