The US has embassies and diplomatic missions in 194 countries its a dangerous job and the GOP led congress cut almost 300 million dollars from the State Department budget. We are all sick and tired of the GOP trying to turn this tragedy into an Obama bludgeon. Well done, Mr. Ricks. The following two books by Mr. Ricks are well researched with stellar reviews and are most assuredly deserving of a plug.
The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 By Thomas E. Ricks
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005 Paperback By Thomas E. Ricks