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Kanan Makiya: Changing Assumptions on Iraq

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Kanan Makiya: Changing Assumptions on Iraq

Kanan Makiya: Changing Assumptions on Iraq

Kanan Makiya: Changing Assumptions on Iraq

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

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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.