DALLAS, June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Oil dollars often buy the latest in arms for Mideast countries like Syria, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
But exactly who sells them?
Former defense contractor-turned-author and futurist David Treichler -- writing as dhtreichler -- sheds startling light on the twists and turns of the "Armaments Bazaar" process in his new book, and portrays weapons sales to contentious Middle East countries as sometimes problematic -- and even dangerous.
Drawn from Treichler's real-world experiences in the Middle East, it offers insights into espionage, intelligence failures and the cat-and-mouse games played in suppressing the peoples of the region. He details transactions with often life-and-death consequences for both the citizens of these nations -- and their sovereign neighbors.
As time has proven, the sale of weapons and intelligence systems can prove pivotal to countries like Iraq, Iran, Turkey and, currently, Syria, under strongman Bashar al-Assad.
Treichler admits he -- like his lead character in the novel -- sometimes had misgivings about the end use of the weapons he sold. But, in the final analysis, following U.S. policy to maintain arms parity in the volatile region was the only option, he says.
The book is about an American State Department official whose day job is to help U.S. companies reach trade agreements.
By night, however, he gathers intelligence and arranges the sale of military hardware to maintain the balance of power in the region. In the novel, he is also the CIA station chief who has fallen in love with a broadcast journalist.
"Five stars for Rik's," writes the Midwest Book Review. "It speaks eloquently about such vital issues as patriotism, comradeship, and the lengths to which love will go. This gritty read will ring true with any follower of America's foreign interventions."
It is also available online at dhtreichler.com.
- The author welcomes media questions and interviews on the complicated aspects of the Middle East conflicts, on the nature of their origins, and how such instability is the norm in world history.
David Treichler, Author
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