As an expert in military affairs, I found Ms. Padberg’s account of her service in Iraq compelling, credible and extremely powerful.
Co-Author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide To The Pentagon
You have written a compendium about the future role the US must play, in planting the seeds of democracy in a troubled world. Guns, bombs, and bombast, may be required, but must be accompanied by clear-headed strategic thinking. Your two year seminar in Iraq outlined what could have worked and what failed. In throwing money, bad policy, and indifference to the cultural norms of that country or any country , and failing to understand the under-appreciated power of those leaders in a matriarchal society like Iraq, prefaced another failed crusade.”
Former Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration; former Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Awarded the President’s Medal for dedicated federal service, presented by president George H. W. Bush.
Eileen Padberg writes with a “steely eye and a steady hand”, transporting us to the “front line” of rebuilding Iraq while the people are still in war. Tasked with ensuring Iraqi women could build their businesses to help reconstruct a “new” Iraq, Padberg steps into a situation that is even foreign to the locals.
Eileen Padberg’s new book, Out of My Lane: Leveling the Playing Field for Iraqi Women, provides a unique perspective on the war in Iraq – that of a 60-year- old civilian and California political consultant dedicated to women’s rights, who took on the daunting task of helping repressed Iraqi women participate in the economic rebuilding of their country. It’s a gripping tale, both terrifying and fascinating. Eileen brings a new and unique insight to the quest to understand America’s seeming tragic inability to bring Iraq either peace or democracy.