Summary of America’s War for the Greater Middle East
(c) 2016 From the book: AMERICA'S WAR FOR THE GREAT MIDDLE EAST. A Military History by Andrew J. Bacevich. Summarized by arrangement with Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC
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It’s tempting to think that America’s misadventures in the Middle East began following the September 11 2001 terror attacks. In fact, Andrew J. Bacevich argues in this bracing takedown of American folly in the Muslim world, the United States’ miscalculations in the region date back to a 1980 flop in Iran and a deadly foray into Lebanon a few years later. In all cases, Bacevich asserts, Americans have misunderstood the complexity of the Middle East and overestimated the appeal of the American dream. Bacevich isn’t a liberal naysayer; he’s a West Point graduate who offers detailed analysis of American military strategy over the past four decades. The poor decision-making about the Middle East transcends party lines, he argues. Bacevich’s harsh analysis, rendered in clear, elegant prose offers vital insights into America’s involement in the Middle East and why the so-called war on terror is unlikely to end anytime soon.
About the Author
Andrew J. Bacevich graduated from West Point and Princeton and served in the army. He is the author, coauthor or editor of a dozen books, among them American Empire and The New American Militarism.