Why Did the United States Invade Iraq?

Why Did the United States Invade Iraq?

by Jane K. Cramer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415782139

ISBN-13: 9780415782135

Pub. Date: 10/10/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This edited volume presents the foremost scholarly thinking on why the US invaded Iraq in 2003, a pivotal event in both modern US foreign policy and international politics.

In the years since the US invasion of Iraq it has become clear that the threat of weapons of mass destruction was not as urgent as the Bush administration presented it and that Saddam

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This edited volume presents the foremost scholarly thinking on why the US invaded Iraq in 2003, a pivotal event in both modern US foreign policy and international politics.

In the years since the US invasion of Iraq it has become clear that the threat of weapons of mass destruction was not as urgent as the Bush administration presented it and that Saddam Hussein was not involved with either Al Qaeda or 9/11. Many consider the war a mistake and question why Iraq was invaded. A majority of Americans now believe that the public were deliberately misled by the Bush administration in order to bolster support for the war. Public doubt has been strengthened by the growing number of critical scholarly analyses and in-depth journalistic investigations about the invasion that suggest the administration was not candid about its reasons for wanting to take action against Iraq.

This volume begins with a survey of private scholarly views about the war's origins, then assesses the current state of debate by organising the best recent thinking by foreign policy and international relations experts on why the US invaded Iraq. The book covers a broad range of approaches to explaining Iraq - the role of the uncertainty of intelligence, cognitive biases, ideas, Israel, and oil, highlighting areas of both agreement and disagreement.

This book will be of much interest to students of the Iraq War, US foreign and security policy, strategic studies, Middle Eastern politics and IR/Security Studies in general.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415782135
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/10/2011
Series:
Routledge Global Security Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
0.62(w) x 0.92(h) x 1.50(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why Did the United States Invade Iraq? 2. Explaining the War in Iraq 3. Ideas, American Grand Strategy, and the War in Iraq 4. Ideas and Entrepreneurs: A Constructivist Explanation of the Iraq War 5. Explaining the Iraq War: The Israel Lobby Theory 6. Neoconservatism and American Hegemony 7. Blood for Oil, in Iraq and Elsewhere 8. Oil and the Decision to Invade Iraq 9. Tony Blair Nurtures the Special Relationship 10. In Pursuit of Primacy: Why the United States Invaded Iraq

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