Ezekiel Emanuel On Untangling Iraq

Ezekiel Emanuel is the Chair of the Department of Bioethics at the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Emanuel is a well-known authority on the ethics of clinical research, end of life care issues, euthanasia and the ethics of managed care.

He has published in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancent, JAMA, and many other medical journals. His book The Ends of Human Life: Medical Ethics in a Liberal Polity received an honorable mention for the Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Dr. Emanuel was educated at Amherst College, Oxford University and Harvard University, from which he holds both an MD and PhD in political philosophy. He also served on the ethics section of President Clinton's Health Care Task Force, on the National Bioethics Advisory Committee, and on the bioethics panel of the Pan American Health Organization

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Emanuel Ezekiel: I also think that we are gonna look back on these years of the Iraq war as a huge national mistake. Now we have had leaders who have brought us into it; but the fact of the matter is that the country ended up endorsing the Iraq invasion. Now it was bad information and all that. But we agreed and we re-elected the president on it. And I think we are going to pay a price for 20, 30, 40 . . . a whole generation. It took us what . . . 40 years to get out of the Vietnam syndrome? It’s gonna take us 40 years to rebuild the military, get out of the Iraq syndrome. And maybe at the end of those 40 years we’ll have won back the world’s good will. A terrible tragedy.

Recorded on: 7/5/07