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Architects of Disaster: The Destruction of Libya (The Calamo Press) Paperback – October 2, 2015
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"Pete Hoekstra's thorough examination of how the Obama Administration's misguided policies contributed in the past few years to Libya's disintegration is must reading. This insightful history and analysis is worth careful study, especially as America's citizens debate what policies should come next after President Obama leaves office." -- John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the UN
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He is currently the Shillman Senior Fellow at the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the world’s most comprehensive data center on radical Islamist terror.
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It shows through his inaugural book, ‘Architects of Disaster: The Destruction of Libya.’ It is so much more than the scores of texts out there with conspiracy theories about the 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate in Libya.
Hoekstra painstakingly details how President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton had no nefarious plans when they lawlessly intervened in the sovereign country’s affairs. They simply had no idea what they were doing. All decisions were based on political calculations and outright naivety about the radical Islamist enemy, which has become a running theme that continues seven years into Obama’s presidency.
‘Architects’ is a penetrating must-read for those who harbor any doubts about the Obama administration’s incompetence in international affairs. The Lessons Learned section at the end of the book provide perhaps the only positive aspect of the tragedy of Libya, which is that the U.S. should never again suffer the humiliation of implementing a foreign policy that could only be dreamed up in a faculty lounge.
We now know that the U.S. and NATO played a large role in allowing their transfer to the ‘moderate’ rebels in Syria that would become ISIS.
Architects of Disaster illustrates the results of a foreign policy that involves negotiating with Islamic terrorists. Most notably it fueled the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq where it continues its genocide against religious minorities in the Middle East, which in turn has created the massive refugee crisis currently engulfing Europe. It will take years to recover from the mess the next president will inherit.
The U.S. had assisted in overthrowing Gaddafi by arming and training jihadists, and then walking away and leaving all these unaccounted for weapons behind. At the time I remember members of congress questioning "where are the weapons?" A question never answered - the weapons were now in terrorists' hands.
It comes as no surprise that the Obama administration and, of course, Hillary Clinton think so little of the American people as to simply blame an anti-Islamic video by an unknown filmmaker rather than take ownership of the disaster they created.
I particularly like "Lesson 8: Foreign Policy Matters - A Lot" , found on page 135 of Rep. Hoekstra's book. Excellent advice from Rep. Hoekstra as we look toward our future elections. As he continues advice in the final chapter, America must build a steady foreign policy with bipartisan support. This would be the lesson learned from the disaster in Libya.
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I especially liked the non-partisan treatment of the whole period from the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 to recent events in 2014; drawing conclusions from lessons learned and the... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Cannon Falls, MN
Great information. The value of learning how Libya was handled is worth the burden of reading the poor writing style.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting insight into one of the more secretive and messy political issues of the day., that still lingers today and could effect the next election.Published 3 months ago by Richard J. Bork Jr.
I pray that citizen's of New Hampshire have read this book. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for change. Once America falls. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Wow ... sad to think these people giving this four stars or more seem to think this was an objective analysis. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patricia Morrissey
Excellent book detailing how the destruction of Libya came about!Published 6 months ago by Timothy Mootz
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