Former Ambassador to Croatia Peter W. Galbraith sits down with NPR's Mike Shuster to discuss his new book, Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America's Enemies.
This is part of the ALOUD series of the Central Library in Los Angeles.
Ambassador Peter Galbraith
Amb. Peter W. Galbraith, one of America's leading authorities on Iraq, has been in Iraq many times over the last twenty-one years during historic turning points for the country: the Iraq-Iran War, the Kurdish genocide, the 1991 uprising, the immediate aftermath of the 2003 war, and the writing of Iraq's constitutions. In his new book, The End of Iraq, he offers many firsthand observations of the men who are now Iraq's leaders. He draws on his nearly two decades of involvement in Iraq policy working for the U.S. government to appraise what has occurred and what will happen. The End of Iraq describes America's failed strategy toward that country and what must be done now.
Mike Shuster is a diplomatic correspondent and a roving foreign correspondent for National Public Radio in the United States.
Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith, author of The End of Iraq, believes the war in Iraq has already been lost. Galbraith asserts his claim on the basis that Iraq is not democratic, is only an ally of convenience and is really an ally of Iran.
Former Ambassador to Croatia and author of Unintended Consequences Peter W. Galbraith says Iran is the true victor of the war in Iraq.
Galbraith believes the U.S. should work towards building a good relationship between Iran and Iraq, but it is "different from a situation where the government of Iraq is a close ally of Iran, where Iran plays a major role... in the decisions of the Iraqi government."
I watched P.Galbraith's discussion and Q&A and was totally mesmerized and absorbed by his expertise,courage,honesty and integrity. He is a man among men,a reminder of what America is capable of,in a dark age of american history. He instructed us all that this dark age is about to end,all the forces of ignorance,prejudice and fear will no longer rule the White House and Federal govt. We know they will still be around, doing their best to undermine the Obama administration, but men like Peter Galbraith are also out there and they will do all they can to help America get back to its best self.