Overcoming the Bush Legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan Hardcover – 28 Apr 2010
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"Deepak Tripathi provides a clear-eyed analysis of how George W. Bush's foreign policy, especially his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have made us more vulnerable to terrorism. A must-read for all who wish to reverse the dangerous Bush legacy."--Marjorie Cohn, immediate past president, National Lawyers Guild; professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; and coauthor, "Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent"
About the Author
Deepak Tripathi is a former BBC correspondent and editor (1977-2000). He opened the BBC office in Kabul in the early 1990s and was the BBC's resident correspondent. He has also reported from Pakistan, Syria, Sri Lanka, and India. He is the author of Dialectics of the Afghanistan Conflict: How the Country Became a Terrorist Haven (Observer Research Foundation, 2008). Tripathi is a regular contributor to CounterPunch, History News Network (George Mason University, Virginia) and ZNet. He lives near London.
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At this point I should declare an interest. Before Deepak Tripathi left radio news to pursue his career in print, we worked together for several years. I came to respect him for his integrity and brain-power. As it happens, I do not share all his judgements about American foreign policy and I disagree with his verdict on George W. Bush in some particulars. I have always felt, for example, that after the attacks on New York and Washington in September 2001, Bush's options were constrained by the need to meet a military threat with a military response. With hindsight, many of his subsequent decisions may seem rushed, ill considered and needlessly destructive but the American electorate was demanding swift retribution and, as Commander-in-Chief, Bush was obliged to deliver.
The story told in 'Overcoming The Bush Legacy In Iraq and Afghanistan' begins in Washington, with the neo-conservatism of leading hawks such as Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumefeld.Read more ›
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As for overcoming the legacy there is no advice and no quantifying the hurt US has done to millions of people. They are still awaiting compensation. Obama could try paying up to victims in Iraq - then there would be at least one High Street (Mustansir Street I suppose) to help refloat the global econonomy.
Vagn Asbjørn Hansen (France)