This is a great book. Everyone should read it (or listen to it).
I just finished the Audible version of this book. It was excellent. Here are some learnings:
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- James Earl Carter was more incompetent than even I thought he was.
- William Jefferson Clinton was not as incompetent at Carter, but he was close.
- George Walker Bush did a pretty good job with most of the Mideast, did a plausible job of getting rid of Saddam (which the book admits had to happen) and then bungled the reconstruction. Okay, this really wasn’t a big learning but it was worth noting.
- Ronald Wilson Reagan did an excellent job with the Middle East as did Nixon and Ford. George Herbert Walker Bush barely gets a mention which is surprising since he put together the coalition to kick Iraq out of Kuwait.
The current President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, has had a very troubled start to his Presidency. Not only did he inherit a mess in the economy, but he has had multiple mis-steps in his selection of his cabinet and advisors. While the tax problems with Daschle and others have plagued the first few nominations, now there is even some concern about his most important advisor, his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. There has also been some criticism for his first international discussions, the first phone call he made to a foreign power was to President Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority.
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