By Paul Rogers
There are few at the present time who can declare that the united states career of Iraq has been successful, for Iraq or the united states. A battle Too a ways takes this on via on reflection at the many unanswered questions on the invasion itself. What used to be the genuine explanation for the Iraq warfare? Did George Bush ever have a technique to confront al-Qaida in a single area? How does the invasion adjust Iraq's courting with Iran? And what does this suggest for the long run? World-renowned protection specialist Paul Rogers tackles those questions, providing a uniquely insightful research of occasions in the course of and after the battle. interpreting the fragile stability of strength in Iraq, he explores the choices for a US go out process, and the way the invasion impacts America's dating with Iran. Paul Rogers anticipated in 2000 that the U.S. might adventure a terrorist assault by itself soil. next occasions proved how exact he was once. This ebook is needed examining for college students, newshounds, policy-makers and an individual drawn to getting the total tale in regards to the risky outcomes of the newest American enterprise within the heart East. Paul Rogers explores: • The neo-conservative imaginative and prescient of a US-dominated heart East • The oil hyperlink – Iraq's importance in strength geopolitics • hyperlinks with Israel – the advance of shut army cooperation among the USA and Israeli army • The turning out to be probability of a battle on Iran and its power repercussions
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Extra resources for A War Too Far : Iraq, Iran and the New American Century (2006)
This time, too, the USAF had to refrain from using Saudi Arabia as a major launch platform for strike aircraft. Moreover, the US’s very presence in Saudi Arabia has been problematic for nearly a decade. There were a number of attacks on US personnel in the early 1990s, and these culminated in the attack in Dharhan in 1996 when a huge truck bomb exploded outside the Khobar Towers barracks block, one of a number that served what was then the main USAF base in Saudi Arabia. Nineteen Americans were killed and hundreds of people were injured.
The latter perception is reinforced by the apparent inability of these occupying forces to maintain order, and is further Rogers 01 chap01 32 24/11/05 09:42:47 AFTERMATH 33 exacerbated by the fact that the number of Iraqis whose relatives have been killed by US and British forces is now in the hundreds of thousands. It is an extraordinary situation that an occupying force that has eliminated a brutal regime is already beginning to be treated by the people of the country with deep suspicion. The third relevant feature of the war’s aftermath is the evident reluctance of the United States to allow the UN arms inspectors to return to continue their work of disarming Iraq of any chemical or biological weapons, even though UNMOVIC (United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission) still has a mandate to do just that.
The more attacks there are on US troops, the more they concentrate on defending themselves, including shooting at demonstrators – with this reinforcing their image as repressive occupiers. In these circumstances, the decision to disband the Iraqi armed forces is extraordinary. By doing so, the United States is putting into circulation over 350,000 unemployed young men, large numbers of whom have access to guns and other munitions. It is a recipe for further violence and runs directly counter to standard practice in post-conflict peace-building.
A War Too Far : Iraq, Iran and the New American Century (2006) by Paul Rogers