Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War / Edition 1

Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War / Edition 1

by Miriam Pemberton, William D. Hartung
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594514992

ISBN-13: 9781594514999

Pub. Date: 05/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

If what is shaping up to be the worst foreign policy disaster in U.S. history has an upside, it is that the current war in Iraq should definitively, permanently settle a handful of critical questions about American conduct in the world. This book provides a list of those questions and even ventures some answers in the form of key lessons from Iraq. The idea of

Overview

If what is shaping up to be the worst foreign policy disaster in U.S. history has an upside, it is that the current war in Iraq should definitively, permanently settle a handful of critical questions about American conduct in the world. This book provides a list of those questions and even ventures some answers in the form of key lessons from Iraq. The idea of assembling lessons as tools for avoiding the next war is less of a stretch than it seems, given the group of writers represented here. They include a Nobel Prize-winning economist; the former chief UN weapons inspector; and an Iraqi American whose weekly conversations with his relatives have given him a grim education on what living through a war to spread democracy is like on the ground. Also here is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner who traces the recurring American bad habit of starting wars as tryouts for big ideas. All societies need a ready reference handbook that draws some lines around its conduct of war. The Bush administration has produced a radical overhaul of the U.S. manual. Given the Iraq experience, it is urgent that we reject this version and think again. This book is a manageably sized, accessibly written, affordable compilation of key points that most urgently need to be rethought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594514999
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Dangerous Leap: Preventive War Neta Crawford Chapter 2: American Imperialism: Enabler of War Chalmers Johnson Chapter 3: "An Untidy Cost of Freedom"? Spreading Democracy by Military Force Anas Shallal Chapter 4: Ideas Floating Free: War as Demonstration Model Frances Fitzgerald Chapter 5: A Motive Hiding in Plain Sight: War for Oil Michael T. Klare Chapter 6: To Avoid Future Iraq-Style Quagmires, Reduce U.S. Global Military Presence Ivan Eland Chapter 7: Hidden Wounds and Accounting Tricks: Disguising the True Costs Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes Chapter 8: Lies, Spies, and Legends: The Politicizing of Intelligence John Prados Chapter 9: New Frontiers of Media Manipulation Norman Solomon Chapter 10: America's Slide: From Leadership to Isolation Jeffrey Laurenti Chapter 11: Inspections or Invasion: Lessons From Iraq Hans Blix Chapter 12: Coalition of the Coerced Phyllis Bennis Chapter 13: Monarchic Pretensions: The War Power Grab Fred Barbash Chapter 14: Torture No More Aziz Huq Chapter 15: The Shadow Army: Privatization Janine Wedel Chapter 16: Invitation to Steal: War Profiteering in Iraq William D. Hartung Chapter 17: The (Iraq) War on Civil Liberties Jules Lobel Chapter 18: War for Peace C.K. Williams

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