The United States, and any country for that matter, doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Relations with foreign nations are necessary but in too many cases over the past seventy years, the US has allied itself with a murderers’ row of dictators, autocrats, El Presidentes, and psychopaths.
In Perilous Partners: The Benefits and Pitfalls of America’s Alliances with Authoritarian Regimes, Ted Galen Carpenter & Malou Innocent lay out the sordid history of questionable US alliances, particularly American efforts to put “their man” in control and the untold lives lost and millions of dollars spent to keep such men in power.
This book is extremely relevant today in the post-9/11 era as our alliance with the Saudi monarchy has led to disastrous consequences for Yemen and a black mark on our moral authority as the world’s primary democracy. Perilous Partners concisely lays out the Sisyphean effort the United States has foolishly carried on for decades.