Allies at War

Allies at War

America, Europe and the Crisis Over Iraq

Book - 2004
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Offers a history of the relationship between America and Europe since World War II, describing the tension between the allies over situations in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq, and discussing the importance of the US-European alliance to fight terrorism.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : McGraw-Hill, c2004
ISBN: 9780071441209
Characteristics: vi, 266 p
Additional Contributors: Shapiro, Jeremy
Brookings Institution


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Aug 06, 2014

The crux of this book is the Second Iraq War in 2003, and it makes a detailed accounting of how the U.S. became involved in the misguided "war of choice" in a non-partisan manner. The main take-away for me is how this kind of event, albeit spawned by the attack and paranoia following 9/11/2001, could take us down the same path again.
That story is sandwiched between the strained U.S.-NATO / UN connection and the author's analysis and prescriptions for mending it.
Given the burden and responsibility of being the world's only superpower, the 9/11 event and the decidedly right-wing turn in U.S. politics, the author makes it clear how the situation in Iraq and with our allies unfolded. But the prescriptions for fixing the relationships is more wishful thinking than how the world really works.
Although written before our withdrawal from Iraq, it is worth studying the events again.

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