Neo-Conned! Again: Hypocrisy, Lawlessness, and the Rape of Iraq


The moral, political, and legal problems surrounding the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq are addressed with uncommon frankness in this collection of essays by some of the world's most influential academics, lawyers, journalists, politicians, and military, intelligence, and media experts. Contributions include academics such as Noam Chomsky, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Claes Ryn; journalists Milton Viorst, Robert Fisk, Kirkpatrick Sale, and Justin Raimondo; former CIA professional Ray McGovern; former Defense ...

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The moral, political, and legal problems surrounding the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq are addressed with uncommon frankness in this collection of essays by some of the world's most influential academics, lawyers, journalists, politicians, and military, intelligence, and media experts. Contributions include academics such as Noam Chomsky, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Claes Ryn; journalists Milton Viorst, Robert Fisk, Kirkpatrick Sale, and Justin Raimondo; former CIA professional Ray McGovern; former Defense Intelligence Agency professional W. Patrick Lang; and Fr. Jean-Marie Benjamin, personal friend of the former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Traiq Aziz. Discussing the Iraq war and related issues such as the legal foundation of the war on terror, the detention practices at Guantanamo bay, and the roots of the American neoconservative ideology, the essays illustrate the hypocrisy and illegality of America's stance on terrorism and its policies of aggression in the Middle East.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Deconstructs the war on Iraq as part of the neo-con blueprint for consolidating the American Empire."  —Marjorie Cohn, professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; executive vice president, National Lawyers Guild; representative, American Association of Jurists

"Much more than just a critique of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, this volume effectively dissects broad aspects of U.S. foreign policy—both of the current Bush Administration and those administrations that preceded it."  —Roger E. Kanet, PhD, professor of political science and political developments in Central and Eastern Europe, University of Miami

"This remarkable two-volume collection of essays and interviews provides the most comprehensive coverage of the war and its aftermath available anywhere."  —George Downs, dean of social science; professor, New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932528077
  • Publisher: Ihs Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Pages: 857
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

D. Liam O'Huallachain is the editorial director of IHS Press and is a student of Catholic Social Doctrine, the English Distributist Movement, and contemporary alternative political movements. J. Forrest Sharpe is the publisher and managing director of IHS Press. He is a student of Catholic Social Doctrine and the English Distributist movement. Joseph Cirincione is a senior associate and director of non-proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He lives in Washington, DC. Scott Ritter is the former chief weapons inspector for the UN Special Commission. He lives in Albany, New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword. The Greatest Con of Our History   Joseph Cirincione     xv
Introduction. Oil, War, and Things Worth Fighting For   Scott Ritter     xix
An Exercise in Critical Thinking: Today's Sharpest Minds Tackle the War and Its Context
The Thirteen Years' War   Alexander Cockburn   Jeffrey St. Clair     3
Postscript. Some Final Thoughts   Alexander Cockburn     12
Iraq, 1917   Robert Fisk     19
Global Democracy...Through Superior Firepower   Maurizio Blondet     29
Postscript. On Luttwak's Coup d'Etat: A Practical Handbook   Maurizio Blondet     36
Simple Truths, Hard Problems: Some Thoughts on Terror, Justice, and Self-Defense   Prof. Noam Chomsky, Ph.D.     43
Driving the Runaway Train: Neocons, 9/11, and the Pretexts for War
The Ideology of American Empire   Prof. Claes G. Ryn, Ph.D.     63
Neoconservatives, Israel, and 9/11: The Origins of the U.S. War on Iraq   Stephen J. Sniegoski, Ph.D.     81
A Real Hijacking: The Neoconservative Fifth Column and the War in Iraq   Justin Raimondo     111
Unjust-War Theory: Christian Zionism and the Road to Jerusalem   Prof. David W. Lutz, Ph.D.     127
Manipulating Catholic Support for the War: The Black Operation Knownas "Conservatism"   E. Michael Jones, Ph.D.     171
What the War Is All About   Kirkpatrick Sale     181
Risky Business: The Perils of Profitmongering in Iraq   Naomi Klein     187
Postscript. The More Things Change...   Prof. William O'Rourke     194
The Professionals Speak: Military Reactions to Operation Iraqi Freedom
An Inside Look at Pentagon Policy-Making in the Run-Up to Gulf War II   Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, USAF (ret.)     199
The Moral Responsibility of the U.S. Military Officer in the Context of the Larger War We Are In   Robert Hickson, USA (ret.), Ph.D.     209
Introduction to Chapter 14. To War or Not to War, That Is the Question   Jack Dalton     223
Hindsight is 20-20: Iraq and "War on Terror" Veterans on Gulf War II     225
A Roundtable   Chris Harrison, former Army 1st Lt.   Jimmy Massey, former Marine Corps Staff Sgt.   Tim Goodrich, former Air Force Sgt.   Dave Bischel, former Air Force Sgt.     225
Just Following Orders: One Sailor and His Vision of the Higher Law   Petty Officer Third Class Pablo Parades, USN     233
Introduction to Chapter 16. The Case of Staff Sgt. Al Lorentz   Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, USAF (ret.)     241
Why We Cannot Win   Staff Sgt. Al Lorentz, USAR     243
The Professionals Speak II: The Intelligence Community and the Intelligence Debacle
Drinking the Kool-Aid: Making the Case for War with Compromised Integrity and Intelligence   Col. W. Patricik Lang, USA (ret.)     249
Sham Dunk: Cooking Intelligence for the President   Ray McGovern     277
The Professionals Speak III: War College Professors Apply Their Expertise
The "War on Terror": Ingenious or Incoherent?   Prof. Jeffrey Record, Ph.D.     309
A War Crime or an Act of War?   Stephen C. Pelletiere, Ph.D.     329
The Professionals Speak IV: A Scientist and a Diplomat
Neocons & Loose Nukes   Gordon Prather, Ph.D.     335
A Call to Conscience   Roger Morris     347
Defying World Order: Reactions from Vatican and UN Perspectives
The Iraq War and the Vatican   Mark Zwick   Louise Zwick     355
The United Nations Charter and the Invasion of Iraq   John Burroughs, J.D., Ph.D.   Nicole Deller, J.D.     361
Legal Nonsense: The War on Terror and its Grave Implications for National and International Law   Prof. Francis Boyle, J.D., Ph.D.     373
Propping Up a Dying Giant: American Economic and Military Survival Tactics
In Her Death Throes: The Neoconservative Attempt to Arrest the Decline of American Hegemony   Prof. Immanuel Wallerstein, Ph.D.     387
A New "American Century"? Iraq and the Hidden Euro-Dollar Wars   F. William Engdahl     399
One Good Scandal Deserves Another: The Snowballing of American Lawlessness
The Law of Armed Conflict and the "War on Terror"   Gabor Rona, J.D., LI.M.     421
A Prison Beyond the Law   Joseph Margulies, Esq.     443
Postscript. Seeking to Render Rasul Meaningless$dAmnesty International     465
Postscript. An Illusion of Lawful Process   Joseph Margulies, Esq.     483
Far, Far Worse Than Watergate: The "Outing" of Valerie Plame   Jeffrey Steinberg     491
Postscript. The Anonymity Trap   Jacob Weisberg     505
A Torture(d) Web   Col. Dan Smith, USA (ret.)     509
Postscript. A Voice in the Wilderness for the Rule of Law   Rear Adm. John Hutson, USN (ret.), J.D.     553
So Much for the Fourth Estate: Our Imperial Press
Chronicles of Abdication: Press Coverage of the War in Iraq   Tom Engelhardt     565
Yellow Journalism: "Anonymous" Lives and Thrives in Washington     565
Which War Is This Anyway?     573
Weapons of Mass Deception: The Air War   John Stauber   Sheldon Rampton     585
Truth from These Podia: A Study of Strategic Influence, Perception Management, Information Warfare, and Psychological Operations in Gulf War II   Col. Sam Gardiner, USAF (ret.)     605
The Other Side of the Story: Honest Men Consider the Situation of Iraq
Behind the Smoke Screen: Why We Are in Iraq   Prof. Ayad S. Al-Qazzaz     647
A Priest Looks at the Former Regime   Fr. Jean-Marie Benjamin     659
Portrait of Noble Resignation: Tariq Aziz and the Last Days of Saddam Hussein   Milton Viorst     675
Enduring Injustice: Iraq and the Current Political Landscape
Nemesis and Name-Calling: Who Are the Iraqi Rebels?   Col. Donn de Grand Pre, USA (ret.)     687
The Politics of Electoral Illusion   Mark Gery     761
The Context of the Election     762
The Conduct of the Election     774
A Trial Indeed: The Treatment of Saddam Hussein vs. the Rule of Law   Curtis Doebbler, Esq., Ph.D.     797
Perspectives on Gulf War I
Off to a Bad Start: International Law and War Crimes in the Case of Gulf War I   Michael Ratner, Esq.     821
The Mother of All Clients: The PR Campaign of Gulf War I   John Stauber   Sheldon Rampton     831
Index     841
About the Contributors     857
Acknowledgements     871
Further Resources     872
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