Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America's Enemies
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Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America's Enemies

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Called by New York Times columnist David Brooks the "smartest and most devastating" critic of President George W. Bush's Iraq policies, Peter W. Galbraith was the earliest expert to describe Iraq's breakup into religious and ethnic entities, a reality that is now commonly accepted.

The Iraq war was intended to make the United States more secure, bring democracy to the Midd...more
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Published December 1st 2008 by Tantor Media (first published 2008)
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An overview. Sometimes I read one sentence and thought it was a statement worthy of an entire paragraph. Other times I read one sentence and thought it was worthy of an entire chapter. The rest of the sentences I thought were worthy of an entire book, or a series of books.

In other words, the mess in Iraq is so complicated that a brief overview--such as this book--takes 200 pages. A summary would take over a 1000, I'm sure. An in-depth look at the situation and history behind the region could hav...more
Not that I needed any assurances that the war in Iraq is an utter travesty and a despicable act of political idealism, but Galbraith takes the anger and creates a rational, researched treatise to articulate what I can only sputter. He presents a comprehensible point-by-point explanation of why this invasion was so wrong and what the legacy is and will continue to be for years to come. As much as one can make sense of the political and social factions at work in Iraq in a short book, Galbraith do...more
Reading this book early in the Obama presidency was probably just about the right timing. Written at the end of the Bush Administration, reading it two years later allowed enough time to judge many of the predictions Galbraith made about the turmoil and unrest in Iraq and the surrounding countries, and to see what came true, and what did not. Galbraith clearly was not a supporter of the war in Iraq, and tells us why. We've all heard the arguments, pros and cons, about the war, but what I found i...more
An excellent survey of the consequences of the Iraq war, and the cringe-making blunders of the Bush administration. What makes this all the better is that Galbraith is a serious player in US foreign policy. He's been heavily involved in Iraq and the struggle of the Kurds. He was first US ambassador to Croatia from 1993 - 1999. He designed the government of East Timor and was one of the authors of its constitution.
Galbrait's main point is this: if the goals of the administration were: 1) remove S...more
Should be mandatory reading for all neo-cons and knee-jerking tea-baggers.

This is a comprehensive in-depth analysis of how the W-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rove clique blindly ran into Iraq with little justification, no understanding of regional conflicts between Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds, no plans for contingencies, and ignoring all information and data that contradicted their biases.

The consequece is that the US has none of its goals in Iraq, strengthened Al-Qaeda, turned most of Iraq into puppets of I...more
I found the book interesting in the early stages, but became very repetitive as the book proceeded.
Eventually I had to give up, I had heard the same thing just one time too many.
I think the book could have been half as long . I gave it 3 stars because there was much that was good,
and many lessons I hope we have learned. (Although I doubt it).
He brings up many valid points,including the follies of going top war for Ideological reasons, with minimal
practical knowledge of the region.
But in the e...more
Greg Hoyle
unbelievable how anyone in their right mind could have imagined that Iraqis would just greet us with open arms as libertors and suddenly move towards democracy. lunicy as this book points out. the real winner in Iraq.......ironically is Iran and it's Shiite govt......all at a mere $1 tillion cost and 4000 plus American lives
A good summing up of the missteps in Iraq. Bush's goals were not met, and the world is actually more dangerous, rogue states were allowed to become more menacing, and the world smirks at our incompetence. Bush walks away while laying the problems in others' laps. The volume is a bit repetitive.
... he's negotiated with many evil rulers... a novel idea.
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