Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War / Edition 1

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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.

Including contributions by Hans Blix, Frances Fitzgerald, Chalmers Johnson, Michael Klare, Anas Shallal, Joseph Stiglitz, C.K. Williams, and others!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594514999
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Miriam Pemberton, Ph.D., is Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and Peace and Security Editor of its Foreign Policy in Focus project. She leads the team that produces the annual “Unified Security Budget for the United States.”

William D. Hartung is Director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. He is the author of And Weapons for All (HarperCollins 1994) and How Much Did You Make on the War, Daddy? A Quick and Dirty Guide to War Profiteering in the Bush Administration (Nation Books 2005).

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Table of Contents

Introduction   Miriam Pemberton     1
Prologue   Anas Shallal     6
The Dangerous Leap: Preventive War   Neta C. Crawford     12
American Imperialism: Enabler of War   Chalmers Johnson     19
Ideas Floating Free: War as Demonstration Model   Frances FitzGerald     25
A Motive Hiding in Plain Sight: War for Oil   Michael T. Klare     32
To Avoid Future Iraq-Style Quagmires, Reduce U.S. Global Military Presence   Ivan Eland     40
Ways and Means
Hidden Wounds and Accounting Tricks: Disguising the True Costs   Joseph Stiglitz   Linda Bilmes     48
Lies, Spies, and Legends: The Politicizing of Intelligence   John Prados     65
Media Flagstones on the Path to War   Norman Solomon     72
America's Slide: From Leadership to Isolation   Jeffrey Laurenti     78
Inspections or Invasion: Lessons from Iraq   Hans Blix     88
Coalition of the Coerced   Phyllis Bennis     94
Collateral Damage
Monarchic Pretensions: The War Power Grab   Fred Barbash     102
Torture No More   Aziz Huq     108
The Shadow Army: Privatization   Janine R. Wedel     116
Invitation to Steal: War Profiteering in Iraq   William D. Hartung     124
The (Iraq) War on Civil Liberties   Jules Lobel     129
Epilogue: War for Peace   C. K. Williams     134
About the Contributors     138
Index     141

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