The Hindu carries an interesting article (reprinted from The Guardian, UK) by Daniel Whitaker that compares the Iraq invasion to the American occupation of the Philippines a century ago. Mr. Whitaker bemoans the fact the US overlooked a parallel in history…
…the Americans had not done their research on the people, nor did they have any detailed plans of how to administer the country. The U.S. organised elections, but was disappointed with the politicians who emerged. It spent millions of dollars improving infrastructure, but won over few hearts and minds.
Back home, enthusiasm for the war eroded. Celebrities and intellectuals voiced opposition. Even big U.S. businesses that were close to the White House started to lose faith in the supposed commercial opportunities the occupation might offer. Eventually this was reflected in the polls and by 1912 the Democrats won control of both houses of Congress, ending years of Republican domination.
But shouldn’t Mr. Whitaker have written this four years ago?
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