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The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War without End [Paperback]

Peter Galbraith
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5 Mar 2007
The invasion of Iraq by American, British and other coalition forces has indeed transformed the Middle East, but not as the Bush and Blair administrations had imagined. It is Iran, not Western-style democracy, that has emerged as the big winner, creating a Tehran-Baghdad axis that would have been unthinkable before the war. THE END OF IRAQ is the definitive account of the US and UK's catastrophic involvement in Iraq, as told by America's leading independent expert on the country. Peter Galbraith reveals in exquisite detail how US policies -- some going back to the Reagan administration -- have now produced a nearly independent Kurdistan in the north, an Islamic state in the south, and uncontrollable insurgency in the centre, and an incipient Sunni-Shiite civil war that has Baghdad as its central front. Iraq, Galbraith argues, cannot be reconstructed as a single state. Instead, a sensible strategy must accept that it has already broken up and focus instead on stopping an escalating civil war. Unflinching, accessible and powerful, THE END OF IRAQ explores and explains the myriad mistakes and false assumptions that have brought the country to its current pass, and what must be done to prevent further bloodshed.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (5 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416526250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416526254
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter W. Galbraith served as the first Ambassador to Croatia from 1993 to 1998. He has also worked in East Timor for the UN, and has followed Middle East affairs closely since 1984. He has made fifteen trips to Iraq since 2003 and in 2005 observed Iraq's constitutional negotiations as a guest of the country's President.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 17 July 2007
The End of Iraq is very informative, thought-provoking and well written. The author uses his first hand experience of Iraq over the past decades, as well as reminding the reader of the events before and since 2003 and adding analysis.

Galbraith describes in detail all of the terrible mistakes made by the Americans and how this has created a complete mess that has led to civil war and could lead to a regional war. He argues convincingly that a unified Iraq is impossible and a three-state solution is possibly the only way to deal with the civil war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "War remains the decisive human failure." 5 Dec 2010
By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
The last words in the acknowledgement, written by Peter Galbraith's father, John Kenneth Galbraith, serves as an admirable summation of the central message of this book, and that traditional human failure has been exacerbated in this case by the egregious ignorance and arrogance of the current American administration. Galbraith's book proves to be an excellent confirmation of numerous points made by Thomas Ricks' in his outstanding book on Iraq, entitled "Fiasco."

Ricks made the point that one of the chief concerns of Defense Secretary Rumsfeld was to remove those individuals with actual knowledge of the Iraqi situation from the American governing process, and replace them with ideologically pure neocons. Galbraith fleshes out this contention with numerous sad examples: per Ambassador Tim Carney, the State Department's professional Arabist "weren't welcome because they didn't think Iraq could be democratic." (p 95); during a Pentagon planning meeting on Kirkuk, no one knew the ethic composition of the local police (p94); Margaret Tutwiler, a former State Department chief spokesperson had never heard of the Anfal (Hussain's ethnic cleansing of the Kurds), and told her Kurdish hosts this (p115); the hiring of six young people, with no experience to manage a $13 billion budget in Iraq solely because they had placed their resumes on the conservative think-tank, the Heritage Foundation's, website (p127-128); and how President Bush, in 2003, did not know there were two major sects in Islam, Sunnis and Shiites (p83). Even sadder, the above is just a sample of Galbraith's examples.

Unlike the neocon neophytes, Galbraith has been actively involved in the region for over 25 years, and personally knows many of the key political players in Iraq.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant overview 28 Nov 2008
Although this book is now a couple of years out of date, it remains a wonderful, and readable, account of the quite unbelievable American (and British) incompetence in Iraq. (The man who was to be in charge of the whole of the country following the invasion was trying to read up on Iraqi history while he was on his way there!) Galbraith knows his subject very well and is able to provide the necessary background history to the conflict. It makes a wonderful companion to Imperial Life in the Emerald City.
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