Author: Pete Hoekstra
Literary genre: Politics/International Diplomacy
Available at: Amazon, investigativeproject.org, Readers World, The Bookman and Hostetter’s
Synopsis of the book:
“Architects of Disaster” documents a foreign policy gone profoundly wrong and the insight gained from perhaps the most disastrous intervention of the 21st century.
I argue that the administration reversed decades of bipartisan foreign policy in 2009 when it embraced such bad actors as the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida and Hamas – jihadist groups with American blood on their hands – without prejudice.
As a direct and indirect result of this new untested policy, the U.S. facilitated dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s downfall by funneling weapons and providing training to the radical Islamists opposed to him. Once they were done with Gaddafi, they quickly turned Libya into a malignant tumor in north Africa that spreads the cancer of weapons, training and ideology throughout the broader region.
Most importantly to me, I capture the lessons learned from the misadventure to create a framework for future administrations that will better inform critical foreign policy decisions.
Why did you write the book?
I traveled to Libya and met with Muammar Gaddafi on three separate occasions. I knew full well that he was a monster who had sponsored unspeakable acts of terror against the West. I also gained an understanding of how his government was under constant threat from radical Islamists, which helps to explain why he became an important U.S. ally after 9/11.
Libya was but a microcosm of the failed policy. Today, Egypt is rebuilding its government following the disastrous Islamist Muslim Brotherhood regime. Syria and Iraq are ungovernable with ISIS on its genocidal rampage. Israel is under siege by Palestinian terrorists. Europe is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.
I challenged myself to chronicle how all of the events unfolded in an effort to do my part to ensure that it never happens again.
Author's thoughts about the book:
I encourage every voter with an interest in foreign policy to read the book, as it will help illuminate who among the 2016 presidential candidates will best ensure U.S. national security.
All the proceeds from the book support the Investigative Project on Terrorism and its work to investigate, analyze and expose the threat from radical Islamist terrorism.
About the author:
Pete Hoekstra represented West Michigan in Congress for 18 years, including as chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee and as a leading bipartisan voice on policy and oversight of health care, energy, education, labor and economic issues. He currently serves as the Shillman Senior Fellow at the Investigative Project on Terrorism – the world’s most comprehensive data center on radical Islamist terror – where he provides analysis, perspective and consultation on intelligence and national security issues.
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