Now in paperback, New York Timesbestselling 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. Intended to bring democracy to the Middle East, intimidate Iran and Syria, help win the war on terror, protect Israel, and consolidate American world leadership, the war has: •handed Iran its greatest strategic triumph in four centuries •committed U.S. troops to fight to support an Iraqi govern- ment intent on creating an Iranian-style Islamic republic •created a Sunni militia •given Iran and North Korea a free pass to advance their nuclear programs •plunged U.S. prestige around the world to an all-time low •undermined the security of Israel, made Syria’s Assad regime more secure, and weakened ties with ally Turkey
Peter W. Galbraith served as the first U.S. Ambassador to Croatia. He is currently the Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. He lives in Townshend, Vermont.
"In this angry and passionate book, Peter Galbraith lays out the disastrous consequence of the Bush years. The next president will inherit the mess; let's hope he absorbs the lessons of Galbraith's work, and acts on them." -- Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations