Getting Out: Historical Perspectives on Leaving Iraq

Getting Out: Historical Perspectives on Leaving Iraq

by Michael Walzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812242165

ISBN-13: 9780812242164

Pub. Date: 09/08/2009

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Eventually every conqueror, every imperial power, every occupying army gets out. Why do they decide to leave? And how do political and military leaders manage withdrawal? Do they take with them those who might be at risk if left behind? What are the immediate consequences of departure? For Michael Walzer and Nicolaus Mills, now is the time to ask those questions

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Eventually every conqueror, every imperial power, every occupying army gets out. Why do they decide to leave? And how do political and military leaders manage withdrawal? Do they take with them those who might be at risk if left behind? What are the immediate consequences of departure? For Michael Walzer and Nicolaus Mills, now is the time to ask those questions about exiting—and to worry specifically about the difficulties certain to arise as we leave—Iraq.

Getting Out approaches these issues in two sections. The first, entitled "Lessons Learned," examines seven historical cases of how and how not to withdraw: Britain's departure from the American colonies and from India, the French withdrawal from Algeria, Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, and the U.S. decision to leave (or not leave) the Philippines, Korea, and Vietnam. These cases offer a comparative perspective and an opportunity to learn from the history of political and military retreats.

The second section, "Exiting Iraq," begins with an introduction to just how the United States got into Iraq and continues with an examination of how the U.S. might leave from a diversity of voices, ranging from those who believe that the Iraq war has produced no real good to those who hope for a decent ending. In addition to essays by volume editors Walzer and Mills, Getting Out features contributions by Shlomo Avineri, Rajeev Bhargava, David Bromwich, Frances FitzGerald, Stanley Karnow, Brendan O'Leary, George Packer, Todd Shepard, Fred Smoler, and Stanley Weintraub.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812242164
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
—Michael Walzer

LESSONS FROM THE PAST
1. No Exit but Victory: Britain and the American Colonies
—Stanley Weintraub
2. America and the Philippines: The Graceful Withdrawal
—Stanley Karnow
3. India and Britain: The Consequences of Leaving Too Soon
—Rajeev Bhargava
4. The Surprising Success: The United States and Korea
—Fred Smoler
5. France and Algeria: Claim Victory and Au Revoir
—Todd Shepard
6. Vietnam and the United States: The Price of Intransigence
—Frances FitzGerald
7. The Gates of Gaza and the Limits of Power: Israel and Gaza
—Shlomo Avineri

GETTING IN/GETTING OUT
8. 9/11 and the Road to Iraq
—Nicolaus Mills
9. The Persistence of Empire
—David Bromwich
10. Departing Responsibly
—Brendan O'Leary
11. It Isn't Over
—George Packer

List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments

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