Why We're Losing the War on Terror / Edition 1

Why We're Losing the War on Terror / Edition 1

by Paul Rogers
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745641962

ISBN-13: 9780745641966

Pub. Date: 03/25/2008

Publisher: Wiley

The war on terror is a lost cause. As the war heads towards its second decade, American security policy is in disarray – the Iraq War is a disaster, Afghanistan is deeply insecure and the al-Qaida movement remains as potent as ever with new generations of leaders coming to the fore.

Well over 100,000 civilians have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, many tens of

Overview

The war on terror is a lost cause. As the war heads towards its second decade, American security policy is in disarray – the Iraq War is a disaster, Afghanistan is deeply insecure and the al-Qaida movement remains as potent as ever with new generations of leaders coming to the fore.

Well over 100,000 civilians have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, many tens of thousands have been detained without trial, and torture, prisoner abuse and rendition have sullied the reputation of the United States and its coalition partners.

Why We’re Losing the War on Terror examines the reasons for the failure, focusing on American political and military attitudes, the impact of 9/11, the fallacy of a New American Century, the role of oil and, above all, the consummate failure to go beyond a narrow western view of the world.

More significantly, it argues that the disaster of the war may have a huge if unexpected bonus. Its very failure will make it possible to completely re-think western attitudes to global security, moving towards a sustainable policy that will be much more effective in addressing the real threats to global security – the widening socio-economic divide and climate change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745641966
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/25/2008
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vi
Preface: Lost Cause or Second Chance?     vii
Context     1
The Political Context     3
The US Military Posture     22
Oil and the War on Terror     43
Events     63
From Kabul to Baghdad     65
Baghdad and Beyond     90
Consequences     117
Towards the Long War     119
Sustainable Security     146
Notes     160
Index     168

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