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Contesting History: The Bush Counterinsurgency Legacy in Iraq
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Contesting History: The Bush Counterinsurgency Legacy in Iraq

by Matthew J. Flynn
 

In this book, the Bush administration's war in Iraq is assessed using an interdisciplinary approach and historical analysis that will help readers better understand the results of the U.S. counterinsurgency doctrine from 2003 to the present.

• Five case studies of guerrilla conflicts throughout the world in the last 150 years

• Findings from unique,

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In this book, the Bush administration's war in Iraq is assessed using an interdisciplinary approach and historical analysis that will help readers better understand the results of the U.S. counterinsurgency doctrine from 2003 to the present.

• Five case studies of guerrilla conflicts throughout the world in the last 150 years

• Findings from unique, primary research on Iraq

• Area maps of each conflict in question

• A bibliography that includes literature on five important past conflicts, as well as key documentation on the Iraq war, from 2003 to the present

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"Comparing several specific past conflicts and relating them to the Iraq War of 2003, Flynn, a specialist in US/world comparative warfare, finds that the attack on Iraq was not necessary to protect the US as the Bush administration proclaimed, and indeed damaged the country's national security. He looks at French intervention in Mexico 1861-67 as liberation, the Ottoman Empire holding onto chaos in the Arabian Peninsula 1916-18, impossible resistance to the American war in Vietnam 1965-75, the Soviet Union bringing a better ideology to Afghanistan 1979-89, warfare as ritual in Chechnya 1994-99, and creating an insurgency to fight the battle that came after victory in Iraq 2003 to the present. He concludes that conventional military force by itself seldom if ever defeats an insurgency." - Reference & Research Book News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313384882
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2010
Series:
Praeger Security International Series
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Matthew J. Flynn, PhD, is assistant professor of history at the United States Military Academy, West Point, Highland Falls, NY, and a specialist in comparative warfare of the United States and the world.

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