Rafiq al-Hiriri, once the prime minister of Lebanon, was assassinated at the direction of Syria five years ago today, an anniversary I was alerted to while finishing Lee Smith’s brilliant new book, The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Civilizations.
It has been a long time since I updated what I call “The Necessary Bookshelf,” –those books which have, since 9/11, advanced significantly my understanding of the war in which we are engaged.
The Strong Horse goes on that list as a must-read for those serious about the war, and a thoroughly surprising one, both for its clarity and for its candor. It will discomfit almost everyone who reads it, and hopefully that will include many in the senior levels of the Obama Administration.
I hope to broadcast a special show with Smith on Friday, February 26, but don’t wait that long to buy and read the book.