ON-Lion Letter
Don Eberly, a senior official at the United States Agency for International Development during the lead-up to the war in Iraq, was recruited to serve on a postwar civil-administration team and his two years of service spanned all phases of the operation.  Eberly was, in fact, the first American civilian to make his way into Baghdad's city hall after the occupation.

From that up-close perspective, in his new book Liberate and Leave:  Fatal Flaws in the Early Strategy for Postwar Iraq, Eberly describes what happened in a country completely battered and broken -- politically, physically, and psychologically.  His ground-level account reveals how the flawed approach adopted by senior officials at The Pentagon -- captured in the mantra "brief stay, light touch" -- resulted in severe troop shortages and an inadequate plan for postwar stabilization.

Eberly is an internationally recognized author, civic entrepreneur, and advocate for civil society.

An insider's account of what really goes on in a war zone, his Liberate and Leave provides a personal tour of the weeks and months before and after the "liberation" -- the secret planning process with all its complexities and doubts, attempts to set up a new government amidst lawlessness and looting, and painfully vexing policy decisions set against dramatic discoveries of Saddam's torture chambers and obscenely lavish personal palaces. 

Published by Zenith Press, the work is a searing indictment of a military command utterly out of touch with practical reality.  It offers much-needed insight into how the ways of war and the ways of the world inevitably intersect -- and diverge -- in our day.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supported Eberly's writing of the book.
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