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

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  48 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Now in paperback, New York Times bestselling author Galbraith’s timely book describes the storm of unintended consequences President Barack Obama has inherited in the Middle East as a result of the war in Iraq.

Called byNew York Timescolumnist David Brooks the “smartest and most devastating” critic of Bush’s Iraq policies, Galbraith describes the catastrophic consequences
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2008)
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Peter Mcloughlin
This book was written about the time of George W. Bush's Surge in Iraq around 2006 or 2007 (remember that episode). About the consequences of the war in Iraq. And they have born fruit. Only thing now is W will not go down as our worst president. He was a disaster but the Republicans gave us a whole new disaster far more grave than W. The horrible Bush years seem bright by comparison. Still this book shows what a fiasco the Iraq war was. It is something which we are still paying for.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Christine
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
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Ryan Jankowski
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics-usa
Although this book is dated (it was written in 2008), it remains entirely helpful in familiarizing one with the events of the Iraq war. The author, Peter Galbraith, draws upon a wealth of experience as a US Diplomat with extensive first-hand experience in the Middle East. Galbraith was heavily involved in Bosnia (and was the first US Ambassador to Croatia) which offered many interesting parallels between US foreign policy (and nation building) under various administrations.
Greg Hoyle
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
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
Mar 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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