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The Iraq War Reader: History, Documents, Opinions

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Publisher Comments:

Despite the torrent of coverage devoted to war with Iraq, woefully little attention has been paid to the history of the region, the policies that led to the conflict, and the daunting challenges that will confront America and the Middle East once the immediate crisis has ended. In this collection, Micah L. Sifry and Christopher Cerf, coeditors of the acclaimed Gulf War Reader, have assembled essays and documents that present an eminently readable, up-to-the-moment guide — from every imaginable perspective — to the continuing crisis in the Gulf and Middle East.

Here, in analysis and commentary from some of the world's leading writers and opinion makers — and in the words of the key participants themselves — is the engrossing saga of how oil economics, power politics, dreams of empire, nationalist yearnings, and religious fanaticism — not to mention naked aggression, betrayal, and tragic miscalculation — have conspired to bring us to the fateful collision of the West and the Arab world over Iraq. Contributors include:

Fouad Ajami

George W. Bush

Richard Butler

John le Carré

Noam Chomsky

Ann Coulter

Thomas Friedman

Al Gore

Seymour Hersh

Christopher Hitchens

Arianna Huffington

Saddam Hussein

Terry Jones

Robert Kagan

Charles Krauthammer

William Kristol

Nicholas Lemann

Kanan Makiya

Kevin Phillips

Kenneth Pollack

Colin Powell

Condoleezza Rice

Arundhati Roy

Edward Said

William Safire

Jonathan Schell

Susan Sontag

George Will

Synopsis:

A collection of approximately 80 articles and documents presenting a balanced overview of the war in Iraq--the history of the region, the causes of conflict, and the opinions of thinkers on both sides of the debate.

Synopsis:

A single-volume reference containing analysis and commentary on the 2003 war with Iraq. It features a history of the region; policies that led to confrontation; and the complex problems affecting decision-making in the Middle East. Contributors include Noam Chomsky and Arundhati Roy among others.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 671-676) and index.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgments

PART ONE SINS OF THE FATHERS

ONE Roots of Conflict: 1915-1989

Imperial Legacy

Phillip Knightley

The Rise of Saddam Hussein

Judith Miller and Laurie Mylroie

What Washington Gave Saddam for Christmas

Murray Waas

The Men Who Helped the Man Who Gassed His Own People

Joost R. Hiltermann

TWO The First Gulf War

Realpolitik in the Gulf: A Game Gone Tilt

Christopher Hitchens

U.S. Senators Chat with Saddam

The Glaspie Transcript: Saddam Meets the U.S. Ambassador

The Experts Speak on the Coming Gulf War

edited by Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky

How Saddam Misread the United States

Kenneth Pollack

PART TWO AFTERMATHS OF THE GULF WAR

THREE Saddam Survives

"We Have Saddam Hussein Still Here"

Andrew Cockburn and Patrick Cockburn

Why We Didn't Go to Baghdad

George Bush and Brent Scowcroft

Why the Uprisings Failed

Faleh A. Jabar

How Saddam Held On to Power

Kanan Makiya

FOUR Casualties of War

What Bodies?

Patrick J. Sloyan

Remember Nayirah, Witness for Kuwait?

John R. MacArthur

"Thank God for the Patriot Missile!"

edited by Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky

Did Iraq Try to Assassinate ex-President Bush in 1993?

A Case Not Closed

Seymour M. Hersh

FIVE Sanctions and Inspections

A Backgrounder on Inspections and Sanctions

Sarah Graham-Brown and Chris Toensing

The Inspections and the U.N.: The Blackest of Comedies

Richard Butler

The Hijacking of UNSCOM

Susan Wright

Behind the Scenes with the Iraqi Nuclear Bomb

Khidhir Hamza with Jeff Stein

SIX New Storms Brewing

An Open Letter to President Clinton: "Remove Saddam from Power"

Project for the New American Century

Statement: Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders

World Islamic Front

Televised Address to the Nation: "The Costs of Action Must be Weighed Against the Price of Inaction"

President Bill Clinton

PART THREE WAR WITH IRAQ

SEVEN The Impact of September 11th

Reflections on September 11th

Susan Sontag

Voices of Moral Obtuseness

Charles Krauthammer

Against the War Metaphor

Hendrik Hertzberg

An Open Letter to President Bush: "Lead the World to Victory"

Project for the New American Century

A Year Later: What the Right and Left Haven't Learned

Marc Cooper

Better Safe Than Sorry

Mona Charen

The Enemy Within

Daniel Pipes

"First They Came for the Muslims..."

Anthony Lewis

Not the War We Needed

Barbara Ehrenreich

EIGHT The Bush Doctrine

What to Do About Iraq

Robert Kagan and William Kristol

State of the Union Speech: The Axis of Evil

President George W. Bush

The Next World Order

Nicholas Lemann

No Meeting in Prague

Robert Novak

Remarks at West Point: "New Threats Require New Thinking"

President George W. Bush

The New Bush Doctrine

Richard Falk

Inside the Secret War Council

Mark Thompson

NINE The Country Debates Going to War

War on What? The White House and the Debate About Whom to Fight Next

Nicholas Lemann

Don't Attack Saddam

Brent Scowcroft

Remarks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars: "The Risks of Inaction Are Far Greater Than the Risk of Action"

Vice President Dick Cheney

Drain the Swamp and There Will Be No More Mosquitoes

Noam Chomsky

Questions That Won't Be Asked About Iraq

Congressman Ron Paul

The War Party's Imperial Plans

Pat Buchanan

Speech to the UN General Assembly: "I Stand Before You Today a Multilaterialist"

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan

Speech to the UN General Assembly: "A Grave and Gathering Danger..."

President George W. Bush

Peace Puzzle

Michael Berube

Stuck to the U.N. Tar Baby

George Will

Against a Doctrine of Pre-emptive War

Former Vice President Al Gore

Why We Hate Them

Ann Coulter

What's Missing in the Iraq Debate

Peggy Noonan

Wars Are Never Fought for Altruistic Reasons

Arundhati Roy

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Proof!

Arianna Huffington

The President's Real Goal in Iraq

Jay Bookman

The Imperialism Canard

Andrew Sullivan

TEN The Debate in Congress

Of Pre-emption and Appeasement, Box-Cutters and Liquid Gold: Excerpts from the October 10, 2002 House Debate

Representatives Charles Rangel, Howard Berman, Dennis Kucinich, Nancy Pelosi, Tom DeLay, Richard Gephardt

Letter to Senator Bob Graham

CIA Director George Tenet

Iraq's Disarmament is Impossible Without Regime Change

Senator John McCain

No Place for Kings in America

Senator Robert C. Byrd

Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq

Resolution of 2002

ELEVEN Regime Change: Why and Why Not

Two Faces, One Terror

Fouad Ajami

Deciphering the BushAdministration's Motives

Michael T. Klare

Can We Really Deter a Nuclear-Armed Saddam?

Kenneth Pollack

Why SaddamWants Weapons of Mass Destruction

Charles A. Duelfer

An Unnecessary War

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

Suicide from Fear of Death?

Richard K. Betts

Bring Back the Draft

Representative Charles B. Rangel

The United States Has Gone Mad

John le Carré

Why I Am for Regime Change

Christopher Hitchens

An Unacceptable Helplessness

Edward Said

Why We Know Iraq Is Lying

Condoleezza Rice

I'm Losing Patience with My Neighbors, Mr. Bush

Terry Jones

TWELVE Last Dance at the U.N.

A Case for Concern, Not a Case for War

Glen Rangwala, Nathaniel Hurd and Alistair Millar

Iraq Has No Interest in War

Saddam Hussein (Interview with Tony Benn)

Presentation to the UN Security Council: A Threat to International Peace and Security

Secretary of State Colin Powell

MI6 and CIA: The New Enemy Within

Paul Lashmar and Raymond Whitaker

"Sleepwalking Through History"

Senator Robert Byrd

The Second Superpower

Micah L. Sifry

The Yes-But Parade

William Safire

Hawks Have My Head, Doves Have My Heart, Guess Which Wins?

Ian McEwan

Promises Abroad, While at Home Promises Go Forgotten

Derrick Jackson

The Long Bomb

Thomas L. Friedman

U.S.-British Draft Resolution On Iraq

Iraq's Disarmament Can Be Achieved By Peaceful Means

(The Foreign Ministers of France, Russia, and Germany)

The War Begins: "The Tyrant Will Soon Be Gone"

President George W. Bush

Pre-emptive Defeat, or How Not to Fight Proliferation

Jonathan Schell

PART FOUR THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY

THIRTEEN The Future of Iraq

Iraq: The Imperial Precedent

Charles Tripp

The Fifty-first State?

James Fallows

Speech at the American Enterprise Institute: "Iraq Is Fully Capable of Living in Freedom"

President George W. Bush

The Post-Saddam Problem

Dilip Hiro

Saddam's Real Opponents

Frank Smyth

In Iraqi Kurdistan

Tim Judah

Post-Saddam Iraq: Linchpin of a New Oil Order

Michael Renner

Our Hopes Betrayed: The U.S. Blueprint for Post-Saddam Government

Kanan Makiya

FOURTEEN The Future of Pax Americana

The Unipolar Moment Revisited: America, the Benevolent Empire

Charles Krauthammer

America's Mission, After Baghdad

Lawrence F. Kaplan and William Kristol
608

America's Dreams of Empire

Pervez Hoodbhoy

Catastrophe as the Generator of Historical Change: The Iraq Case

Richard Butler

Regime Change

Lewis H. Lapham

Hegemony, Hubris and Overreach

Kevin Phillips

Appendixes

1. Key U.N. Resolutions

2. A Who's Who of the Iraqi Opposition

Permissions Acknowledgments

Index

About the Editors

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743253475
Subtitle:
History, Documents, Opinions
Editor:
Sifry, Micah L.
Editor:
Sifry, Micah L.
Editor:
Cerf, Christopher
Author:
Cerf, Christopher
Author:
Sifry, Micah L.
Editor:
Cerf, Christopher
Publisher:
Touchstone
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Iraq
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
Military - Iraq War
Subject:
Iraq War,
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 18
Publication Date:
20030506
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.2 x 1.3 in 31.64 oz

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"Synopsis" by , A collection of approximately 80 articles and documents presenting a balanced overview of the war in Iraq--the history of the region, the causes of conflict, and the opinions of thinkers on both sides of the debate.
"Synopsis" by , A single-volume reference containing analysis and commentary on the 2003 war with Iraq. It features a history of the region; policies that led to confrontation; and the complex problems affecting decision-making in the Middle East. Contributors include Noam Chomsky and Arundhati Roy among others.
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