'Decision Points' Review: 'New Yorker' Blasts George Bush Book

01/25/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • New Yorker

There are hardly any decision points at all. The path to each decision is so short and irresistible, more like an electric pulse than like a weighing of options, that the reader is hard-pressed to explain what happened. Suddenly, it's over, and there's no looking back. The decision to go to war "was an accretion," Richard Haass, the director of policy-planning at the State Department until the invasion of Iraq, told me. "A decision was not made--a decision happened, and you can't say when or how."

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