This bonus episode is a one-one-one discussion with Dr. Kevin Woods, who has spent years studying American and Iraqi attempts to understand each others’ intentions and signals from the time before the first Gulf War through the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. It’s an instructive example because the many challenges inherent to clearly sending and accurately interpreting other countries’ signals are an active part of today’s public discourse about other potential crisis flash points.
In this episode, Dr. Woods recommends a book: Thinking in Time by Richard Neustadt and Ernest May. On Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Time-Uses-History-Decision-Makers/dp/0029227917/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1517534327&sr=8-2&keywords=thinking+in+time
Three of Dr. Woods’ publications to look into if you want to learn more:
The Iraqi Perspectives Report: Saddam’s Senior Leadership on Operation Iraqi Freedom from the Official U.S. Joint Forces Command Report. https://www.amazon.com/Iraqi-Perspectives-Report-Leadership-Operation/dp/1591144574
The Saddam Tapes: Inner Workings of a Tyrant’s Regime, 1979-2001. https://www.amazon.com/Saddam-Tapes-Workings-Tyrants-1978-2001/dp/1107693489/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1517537169&sr=1-1&keywords=the+saddam+tapes
The Mother of All Battles: Saddam Hussein’s Strategic Plan for the Persian Gulf War. https://www.amazon.com/Mother-All-Battles-Husseins-Strategic/dp/1591149428/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1517537211&sr=1-1