War Without End: The Iraq War in Context

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In this razor-sharp analysis, TomDispatch.com commentator Michael Schwartz turns every mainstream conclusion about Iraq on its head. He shows how US occupation is fueling civil war in Iraq and beyond, and how US officials dismantled the Iraqi state and economy, helping to destroy rather than rebuild the country.

In a popular style reminiscent of the best writing against the Vietnam War, he punctures the myths used to sell the US public the idea of an endless “war on terror” ...

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Overview

In this razor-sharp analysis, TomDispatch.com commentator Michael Schwartz turns every mainstream conclusion about Iraq on its head. He shows how US occupation is fueling civil war in Iraq and beyond, and how US officials dismantled the Iraqi state and economy, helping to destroy rather than rebuild the country.

In a popular style reminiscent of the best writing against the Vietnam War, he punctures the myths used to sell the US public the idea of an endless “war on terror” centered in Iraq. Schwartz shows how the real US interests in Iraq were rooted in the geopolitics of oil and the expansion of a neoliberal economic model in the Middle East—and around the globe—at gunpoint.

War Without End also reveals how the failure of the United States in Iraq has forced US planners to fundamentally rethink the imperial dreams driving recent foreign policy.

This book is the third in a series of very successful books published in cooperation with TomDispatch.com, including the New York Times bestseller United States v. George W. Bush et al. by Elizabeth de la Vega (Seven Stories Press).

Michael Schwartz, professor of sociology and faculty director of the Undergraduate College of Global Studies at Stony Brook University, has written extensively on the war in Iraq at websites including TomDispatch, ZNet, Asia Times, and Mother Jones, and in numerous magazines, including Contexts, Against the Current, and Z Magazine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931859547
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,181,356
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael Schwartz, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director of the Undergraduate College of Global Studies at Stony Brook University has written extensively on the war in Iraq at sites including TomDispatch, ZNet; Asia Times and Mother Jones, and in many print outlets, including Contexts, Against the Current, and Z Magazine.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. I The Almost Invisible Goals of the War in Iraq

1 The Oily Origins of the War in Iraq 15

2 Toxic Economics 31

3 The Neoliberal Project in Iraq 37

4 The Struggle for Iraqi Oil 50

Pt. II Fighting to Capture and Control Iraq

5 Collective Punishment 71

6 Insurgent Strongholds 88

7 Torture, Death Squads, and the Second Battle of Fallujah 101

8 The Human Toll 120

9 Creating Slum Cities 127

Pt. III Deconstruction, Not Reconstruction

10 Saga of the Al-Fatah Pipeline 141

11 The Degradation of the Iraqi Infrastructure 149

12 The Downward Spiral 160

13 The Tidal Wave of Misery 176

Pt. IV Sovereignty Lost

14 Who's Sovereign Now? 195

15 The Creation of Shia City-States 210

16 Semisovereign Kurdistan 224

17 Rebellious Sunni Cities 233

18 The Battle of Baghdad 251

Conclusion: The River of Resistance: How Washington's Dream Foundered in Iraq 270

Notes 278

Index 327

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