Kanan Makiya: Changing Assumptions on Iraq

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/9635035/9635052" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript
Kanan Makiya

Kanan Makiya is a professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University. Brandeis University hide caption

itoggle caption Brandeis University

Kanan Makiya was one of the leading Arab intellectuals calling for the removal of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. An Iraqi-born professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University, Makiya advised the Bush administration before the invasion and said that Americans would be welcomed by Iraqis as liberators.

Makiya now questions his assumptions in supporting the war. He says the Americans made many mistakes, but the biggest mistakes were made by Iraq's new leaders.

Steve Inskeep talks to Makiya as part of a series of conversations called The Long View.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.