The End of Iraq
- How American Incompetence Created a War Without End
- Narrated by: Alan Sklar
- Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 09-10-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
The End of Iraq describes the administration's strategic miscalculations behind the war as well as the blunders of the American occupation. There was the failure to understand the intensity of the ethnic and religious divisions in Iraq. This was followed by incoherent and inconsistent strategies for governing, the failure to spend money for reconstruction, the misguided effort to create a national army and police, and then the turning over of the country's management to Republican political loyalists rather than qualified professionals. As a matter of morality, Peter W. Galbraith writes, the Kurds of Iraq are no less entitled to independence than are Lithuanians, Croatians, or Palestinians. And if the country's majority Shiites want to run their own affairs, or even have their own state, on what democratic principle should they be denied?
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By Chi-Hung on 17-11-08
Very interesting contemporary Historial analysis
I enjoyed this volume tremendously. The author made a very convincing case and detailed outline of how and why the Republican plans for Iraq never succeeded from the outset. The book however, degenerated from contemporary history to a polemnical memoir, which is a pitfall for all contemporary histories, the event has yet to condense. I enjoyed this book nonetheless, the author is very knowledgeable about the political, historical and ethnic dynamic in Iraq.
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By Adam on 07-12-10
Reap what you sow, chaos begets chaos
Currently sitting in Baghdad, Iraq with my platoon of Soldiers, I began wondering the deeper, non-personal reasons why I was in my current situation. The title to this book is no lie, as seen by the endless stream of nauseating facts laid out by Peter Galbraith. Every sentence leaves you wishing the book would end sooner, not because of lack of literary talent, but simply due to the almost criminal decisions being made by our leadership. Although not much for a plot, be prepared to be pummeled with well-organized facts describing how each decision led to an outcome, reshaped the battlefield, and was followed by another disastrous decision. Stepping away from the always biased media, Peter Galbraith gives the first complete, organized, intelligent, behind the political scenes view of where this country is, how it got there, and where it is heading. This book is a must read for Soldiers, politicians, and any citizen who is wondering where 23% of America's budget goes every year.
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