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Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security Hardcover – September 1, 2003
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What Joel Mowbray uncovers about the State Department is truly shocking. He has performed a unique and invaluable service in -- Sean Hannity
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Diplomacy is one thing. But giving aid and comfort to the enemy is quite another. Yet that is exactly what our very own State Department is doing--coddling brutal dictators, covering up gaping holes in our nation's safety net, and appeasing regimes that actively sponsor terrorists around the world. In this global war on terrorism, the US State Department has proven itself to be one of our biggest obstacles to victory.
In Dangerous Diplomacy, investigative reporter Joel Mowbray exposes teh hidden agendas, mixed allegiances, and outright anti-Americanism that has infected the US State Department. Relying on exhaustive interviews with State Department personnel and extensive research into State's publications, procedures, and recent history, Mowbray reveals an astounding pattern of shortsighted and misguided policies, compounded by an ingrained resistance to self-criticism and corruption.
In Dangerous Diplomacy you'll learn:
*How State's obsession with global "stability" has led it to support bloodthirsty dictators (including many who would rejoice at the demise of the United States)
*State's herculean efforts to cover up the lax visa policies that allowed the September 11 hijackers to enter the US legally--while keeping those policies in place as long as possible
*States arms-for-tyrants program--and how it very nearly succeeded in providing Saddam Hussein's Iraq with nuclear capabilities
*The State/Saudi alliance: Why State bends over backwards to keep the Saudis happy despite the kingdom's clear support for global terrorism
*How American parents whose children have been kidnapped by foreign nationals have been ignored, deserted, and betrayed by the embassies and officials who are supposed to protect Americans
*State's strange and long-standing fondness for brutal, radical Islamic regimes
*How State's entrenched culture makes refore of the organization virtually impossible
*How State concealed information about North Korea's nuclear program
*The Iranian democracy movement: Why it soldiers on with no help from the State Department
*The sorry record of how State not only has declined to discipline incompetent and corrupt immigration officials who let terrorists and other criminals into the US, but rewarded them
*How State has actually fought against families victimized by evil regimes who are trying to recover damages
Mowbray documents a State Department in dire need of reform--revealing here for the first time just how far State has strayed from its intended role as the primary agent of US interests abroad.
Top Customer Reviews
Mowbray was briefly detained by the State Department last year. That detainment certainly spurred the reporter to dig deeper into the problems at State. I bet they wish they could go back and undo that mistake.
If you've been following the war on terrorism, you owe it to yourself to read this book and find out if the entire government is united in that goal or not. I definitely recommend this book.
Is this why Diplomacy is dangerous? Simply put: yes. There's a lot more to cover here, I believe. Particularly the constant attacks that diplomats face overseas because they're carrying out foreign policy created by politicians in Washington. Mr. Mowbray wants to blame the furniture for being the furniture.
I encourage an investigation into each and every one of the issues brought up in the book, but not a superficial one. Let's go much deeper, and find out who gave the orders, and why. Wikileaks reveals some of it, though hardly all. Yes, let's investigate.
Mr. Mowbray in eleven concise chapters, attacks DOS on several fronts--but his overarching theme is that DOS needs to remember why they exist--to advocate AMERICAN foreign policy aims, here and abroad. Mowbrays's contention is that DOS careerists frequently "go native" or display extreme "Stockholm syndrome" towards their target countries, and they forget that "their country" is not the country to which they have most recently been accredited as diplomats, or spent a lifetime studying and living in. DOS and their career Foreign Service Officers exist for one simple purpose: to get "on message" with the long term interests of the US, and advocate for them.
In every story, there are at least three sides--my side, your side, and the truth. One should read "Dangerous Diplomacy" with at least one arched eyebrow, wondering what the "rest of the story" is. Nonetheless, Mowbray's telling of the DOS failure to pressure Saudi Arabia, whether over general human rights issues, or terrorism, or kidnapped US children, has a great deal of truth in its perceptions. I have spent a great deal of time in the Middle East--and repeatedly US government officials are kowtowing to Saudis.
It is important to remember that nations have neither permanent friends nor permanent enemies, they have only permanent interests, as Chaim Herzog famously put it.Read more ›
While Saudi Arabia was not officially part of the Visa Waiver Program, Saudi citizens were literally given an unhindered entry through the INS (now BCIS) door and on 911 they entered directly through many windows killing 3.000 people.
Saudi Arabia is clearly an enemy of the United States and it is time the USG comes to term with this new post-911 reality. It is time for American people to realize that Saudi Arabia is an oppressive regime clouded in hatred against Western freedom and values. Anybody coming to the US can practice whatever religion he likes. This isn't the case in most Arab countries, and in particular Saudi Arabia, where even possession of BIBLE is considered crime punishable by severe sentence!!!
Saudi Arabia is run by somebody who was born in desert, has no formal education, speaks no English, and spends most of time riding camels in the middle of nowhere. And he needs more and more the support of the Unites States if he wants to stay in power, certainly more than we need Saudi Arabia.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Joel Mowbray comes out in a tour de force with "Dangerous Diplomacy." I have worked with the State Department in the context of international child abduction cases, an issue that... Read morePublished on October 6, 2010 by Mad Rapper
Disclosure: I am and have been a big fan of Joel Mowbray's reporting. I had known of some of the things that Mowbray writes about, but there were, nevertheless, many new... Read morePublished on April 24, 2007 by Phillip Slepian
Joel Mowbray clearly has a point of view, but his reporting is solid. He exposed how our embassy in Riyadh had such a lax visa issuance policy that 15 of the 19 9-11 hijackers were... Read morePublished on July 14, 2005 by Eli Lake
Mr. Mowbray, who was something of a running joke among the State Department press corps, became quasi-famous in DC political circles for being regularly embarrassed in on the... Read morePublished on June 15, 2004
Most of the facts Mr. Mowbray mentions about treasonous acts committed by State Department officials are true. No doubts about that. Now, by failing to mention that the U.S. Read morePublished on May 6, 2004
Joel Mowbray has an axe to grind. He also doesn't understand that foreign policy is not made at the State Department (it is made at the NSC and has been since FDR's 3rd term). Read morePublished on February 6, 2004 by P. M Simon
some of the research is credible, but the conclusions in most cases don't follow the research. for example, the state department is consistenly blamed for actions undertaken by the... Read morePublished on January 10, 2004
Joel Mowbray - a mere 28 years old - is in thrall with the editors of the National Review and the Dan Burton lynch mob in Congress. Read morePublished on November 15, 2003
This is absolute garbage.
Does anyone really believe that State Department has acted completely in defiance of the White House and Congress all these years? Read more