The Last Refuge Excerpt (US Edition)
Today Foreign Policy published the first excerpt from The Last Refuge.
The piece is largely drawn from Chapter 13 of the book, entitled Policy Shift:
Here is the opening as published in Foreign Policy:
In the final presidential debate, more than 11 years after the Bush administration launched its global war on terror, President Barack Obama identified "terrorist networks" as the gravest national security threat facing America. But Yemen, which is home to the most dangerous al Qaeda affiliate has attracted precious little attention from either of the candidates in this election. In the recent foreign-policy debate, for instance, Yemen was mentioned only once; compare that to Iran, which was name-dropped 47 times.
In many ways, Yemen has become this war's laboratory, a place where the United States can test new ways to fight al Qaeda.
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