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Overcoming the Bush Legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan Hardcover – Mar 1 2010

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books; 1 edition (March 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597975036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597975032
  • Product Dimensions: 38.1 x 20.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,486,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A thoughtful look at the legacy of two increasingly unpopular wars, focusing especially on the human toll.”—Political Bookworm blog
(Political Bookworm blog 2010-03-22)

“[This book] gives us a well structured understanding of a seemingly chaotic legacy, and answers many of the innumerable unanswered questions. It is an honest and formidable attempt at understanding one of the darkest periods in the history of America and the world."—Ramzy Baroud, Palestine Chronicle
(Ramzy Baroud Palestine Chronicle 2010-05-27)

“Tripathi has done a superb job in addressing the significance of G.W. Bush’s Sept. 11, 2001 declaration of unreserved violence and political imprudence against the world. Tripathi’s successful approach is largely owed to his ability to locate the book within a most suitable historical and intellectual, as opposed to purely political or event-driven context.”—Salt Spring News
(Salt Spring News 2010-06-25)

"Finally, a pithy critical assessment of the disastrous Bush foreign policy legacy written in a highly readable form that is knowledgeable, persuasive, and best of all forward looking."—Richard Falk, Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University, and distinguished visiting professor of global studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
(Richard Falk 2009-09-14)

“Western politicians seem to misunderstand their role--which is to make their society, and the world in general, safer, not simply start wars against those they don’t like. Tripathi collates the facts and demonstrates how the Bush administration spent vast sums of money making our world far more dangerous. This story is critically important because we cannot learn from history if we do not know what that history is.”—Clive Stafford Smith, Director, Reprieve, and author of Bad Men: Guantanamo and the Secret Prisons
(Clive Stafford Smith 2009-07-24)

“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
(Marjorie Cohn 2009-09-13)

About the Author

. Tripathi received his PhD from the University of Roehampton, where he is an honorary research fellow. He lives near London.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The True Picture May 24 2010
By Wilfred Cude - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Now that Karl Rove and Dick Cheney attempt to re-write the history of their own appalling misadventures, this book is most opportune. Concise, precise, lucid and ultimately quite compelling, Overcoming the Bush Legacy delineates the harsh facts we must face and the ugly situations we must remedy. In brief, the administration of George W. Bush has been a catastrophe without parallel in modern times, and addressing that catastrophe is a matter of daunting complexity. The strike at Afghanistan was intended to eliminate Bin Laden, oust the Taliban and install a democracy in that unhappy country. Today, Bin Laden lives, the nominally democratic government is unspeakably corrupt, the Taliban dominates much of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and has even struck back at New York City. The assault on Iraq was intended to neutralize weapons of mass destruction, remove Saddam Hussein and install a democracy in that unhappy country. Today, Hussein's death was purchased at the cost of a trillion American dollars, the death of thousands of coalition soldiers, the maiming of tens of thousands more, the death or maiming of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens, the dispersal internally or internationally of millions more, the installation of a dysfunctional government, the reduction of an entire economic infrastructure to ruins, and continued unchecked murderous violence. And those WMD never existed. Far worse even than the aftermath of Vietnam, the current mess leaves the United States crippled militarily, economically and politically, its international reputation sullied and in tatters. Mr. Tripathi adroitly threads through the subtle tangles of misconception that produced this sad outcome, and he points the way to the far more difficult diplomatic maneuvers that constitute the only viable hope of improvement.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What's in the daily noose! June 27 2010
By Vagn Asbjorn Hansen - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Sadly this book contributes no information that avid news readers have not accumulated, not does it put any tantalising questionmarks on what main stream news services try to convince us it the truth because told so often. It would be a well planned update for somebody who has slept 10 years.
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)