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The good lie

An unsung Australian prophet
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June 2021, no. 432
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The Life of a Spy: An education in truth, lies and power by Rod Barton

Black Inc., $32.99 pb, 304 pp

The good lie

An unsung Australian prophet
by
June 2021, no. 432

When did the rationale for the Iraq War – which began in 2003 and still rumbles today – go from being a mistake, to a self-deception, to an outright lie? When did it dawn on the Bush Jr administration and its key allies in London and Canberra that the ostensible reason for the invasion of Iraq had disappeared, probably literally, under the sands of Mesopotamia? By the time of the invasion, Saddam Hussein’s regime possessed no weapons of mass destruction that could threaten another country. The Iraqi dictator may have desired such weapons, but a combination of international sanctions and the mere fear of retribution thwarted his plans.

Andrew West reviews 'The Life of a Spy: An education in truth, lies and power' by Rod Barton

The Life of a Spy: An education in truth, lies and power

by Rod Barton

Black Inc., $32.99 pb, 304 pp

Buy this book

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