Red Line

Red Line

American Foreign Policy in A Time of Fractured Politics and Failing States

Book - 2017
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Over the past quarter century, four consecutive American presidents--two Democrat, two Republican--have spent more time, diplomatic capital, and military resources on Iraq than any other country in the world. Much as the Vietnam syndrome cast a long shadow over American security policy in the decades after the end of the Vietnam War, Iraq provides the commanding narrative for this generation of American leaders. In this book, former Deputy Secretary of State P. J. Crowley, one of America's most insightful national security commentators, unpacks the legacy of American triumphs and failures in Iraq . He argues that presidents have fallen victim to the Iraq Syndrome--the disconnect between politics, policy, strategy, and narrative--that has hampered America's foreign policy in the Middle East and hotspots throughout the world. In order to maintain America's global leadership role, Crowley argues that the next president must realign American's national security politics, policies, strategies, and narrative for the long term.
Published: Lanham, Maryland :, Rowman & Littlefield,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781442255708
Branch Call Number: 327.73 CRO
Characteristics: xviii, 341 pages ;,24 cm


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May 11, 2017

[Update: Severely disappointed - - I can't believe they actually fired this pure company dog! I learned absolutely nothing from perusing this tedious book, other than this dude is pure Status Quo, nothing bad to say of any of America's princes of darkness! Except for his empathic verbal support against the barberous treatment of Pfc. Manning -- whose leaked State Department cables allowed us to read that three Saudi royal princes financed those 15 Saudi 9/11 hijackers, and the State Dept. urged that they be permanently removed, and news accounts later recounted their deaths {somewhat validated by the release of those 28-redacted 9/11 Commission Report pages}, and thus served an important disclosure purpose -- there is nothing to recommend this author!]
I love this guy and look forward to reading his opinions and takes on the matter, which have always appeared uniquely sane in the world of political theater. The only non-necon appointment during Clinton's tenure as SecState under Obama - - which was simply an extension of the Bush Administration - - such is political theater that every administration from Johnson on, and more overtly from Carter on, is simply a rehash of the previous one. [Note that Cater-appointed neocons such as Eliot Abrams, Jean Kirkpatrick and Linda Chavez, were reappointed under the Reagan Administration, with Linda Chavez just losing out another appointment by George W. Bush because it surfaced that she was employing sub-minimum wage undocumented workers [as opposed to actually paying them decent wages!]


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