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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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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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