Synopses & Reviews
At few times in recent history have we seen a war so insistently and openly signaled as the U.S.'s looming war on Iraq. According to Rahul Mahajan, the coming war is a culmination of a process that the United States started with the Gulf War, where Iraq was made into a permanent target and pariah state. Mahajan argues that the Bush administration's post-September 11 policy toward Iraq is neither about controlling weapons of mass destruction nor fighting terrorism, but about consolidating U.S. control of oil reserves and dominance in the Middle East. Despite the prospects that attacking Iraq could quickly escalate into wider regional war and lead to further terrorist attacks, the Bush administration insists that violence is our only option. Mahajan cuts through the comic-book language of President Bush's "Axis of Evil" rationale, and presents a much-needed examination of the myths, facts, and history behind the U.S.'s pitch to start another war.
In this much-needed examination of the myths, facts, and history behind the U.S.'s pitch to start yet another war, Mahajan persuasively argues that the Bush administration seeks to gain control of Iraq's rich oil reserves and to assume dominance in the Middle East.
An analysis of United States foreign policy and strategies argues that continued United States military occupation in Iraq is an act of political dominance and not conducive to democracy or independence.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-207).
In this compelling big-picture assessment of the U.S. war on Iraq, Mahajan combines his experience as an anti-Iraq sanctions activist with a keen analysis of U.S. foreign policy in the post-Cold War era to provide the analysis that has been overlooked in the mainstream debate. Situating Iraq within the larger context of post-9/11 foreign policy, he analyzes the Bush National Security Strategy and the new neoconservative vision of achieving increasing degrees of global domination and control. Presented with unflinching clarity, Mahajans research demonstrates that the war on Iraq was part of a much larger plan, assembled before 9/11 and, as stated by the Project for a New American Century, needing only a "new Pearl Harbor" to implement it.
About the Author
RAHUL MAHAJAN (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin) is a longtime antiwar activist at the local and national level. He is a founding member of the Nowar Collective and serves on the National Board of Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization. His first book, The New Crusade: America's War on Terrorism, has been described as "mandatory reading for all those who want to get a handle on the war on terrorism." He writes frequently for mainstream and alternative print media and for websites like Common Dreams, Zmag, Alternet, and Counterpunch.
Table of Contents
After the war : U.S. power in Iraq and beyond -- The "war on terrorism". What it's not: a war on terrorism -- A new imperialism? : understanding the Bush national security strategy -- A survey of U.S. foreign policy since 9/11 -- The war on Iraq. Understanding "containment" : Iraq after the Gulf War : sanctions, no-fly zones, and weapons inspections -- 9/11 and the pre-emption doctrine -- The threat from Iraq -- International law -- Democracy and human rights : liberating Iraq -- Oil as a component of empire -- The new imperialism.