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Posted March 21, 2009
The Great Game?
Why did the USA go to war in Iraq? Or, if you prefer, Given the chance for a war, why did the administration of George W. Bush take it?
Stratfor's position, as expressed in this book, is that taking down Saddam Hussein was not an end but a means, a means to reshape the politics of the Middle East by telling certain allies that we care enough to send the very best: American blood and treasure. The case is credible; it agrees with the facts known publicly and does not strain credulity, unless you believe that such planning is beyond the intellect of the Bush Administration. That, I think, would be a misunderestimation.
The case is made well; it may well be true. And if it is not, it opens the possibility that similar calculations may be made regularly by governments. Successful governments and especially successful dictators do not keep their power through stupidy or naivete. Machiavelli teaches this, and it remains true.
So believe it or not, as you choose. But take it seriously.
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Posted February 8, 2010
Amazing Must-Read for ALL Americans
This book gives major insight into what is really happening in the Middle East. Most Americans are probably unaware of the background that has led us to where we stand (and why we stand) today. I really recommend reading this book as the author is completely bipartisan in his presentation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.