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A Path Out of the Desert

By Matthew Yglesias  

"A Path Out of the Desert"

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I read Kenneth Pollack’s A Threatening Storm and liked it a lot, a view I’ve since had plenty of time to regret. And based on Max Rodenbeck’s review of Pollack’s new book I won’t be picking up A Path Out of the Desert: A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle East. Rodenbeck correctly implies that the flaws he identifies in Pollack’s book are pretty widespread among the American elite. As Rodenbeck writes, “Reading this big, ambitious book by Kenneth M. Pollack, who is the head of research at Brookings’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy, it is hard not to wish that what he refers to as Washington’s ‘policy community’ would more often realize that they are the problem.”

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