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Ricks hits Caz

Military correspondent to speak

Cazenovia Forum schedules best-selling author Sept. 21

By Willie Kiernan

Tom Ricks could see it coming.

"There was a sense that, look, this thing is going to happen. You've written a lot of stories about the doubts about the war," Ricks said in a CNN interview. "Give us more stories about the war plan, because it is going to happen, whether or not all these generals oppose it."

Author of "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq," Ricks is coming to Cazenovia for a speaking engagement.

A Pulitzer Prize winning military correspondent for the Washington Post, and best-selling author, Ricks will give a talk entitled "The Iraq Fiasco: A Failure of the American System" in the Catherine Cummings Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday Sept. 21. The event is free with a reception to follow.

"The real war in Iraq -- the one to determine the future of the country -- began on Aug. 7, 2003, when a car bomb exploded outside the Jordanian Embassy, killing 11 and wounding more than 50," wrote Ricks. "That bombing came almost exactly four months after the U.S. military thought it had prevailed in Iraq, and it launched the insurgency, the bloody and protracted struggle with guerrilla fighters that has tied down the United States to this day."

In its review of "Fiasco," Publisher's Weekly said "Ricks' solid reporting, deep knowledge of the American military and willingness to name names make this perhaps the most complete, incisive analysis yet of the Iraq quagmire." The New York Times said the book "gives the reader a lucid, tough-minded overview of this tragic enterprise that stands apart from earlier assessments in terms of simple coherence and scope."

There will be a book signing at the reception. Nancy Marland will have hard covers and soft covers available of two of Ricks' books "Fiasco" and "Making the Corps."

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