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Losing Iraq: Insurgency and Politics
     

Losing Iraq: Insurgency and Politics

by Stephen C. Pelleti
 

According to the Bush administration, the war in Iraq ended in May 2003 when the president pronounced mission accomplished from the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln. Yet, fighting, resistance, and American casualties continue. Stephen Pelletière argues that it is Iraqi suspicion of the Americans' motive—the belief that the United States is out to tear

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According to the Bush administration, the war in Iraq ended in May 2003 when the president pronounced mission accomplished from the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln. Yet, fighting, resistance, and American casualties continue. Stephen Pelletière argues that it is Iraqi suspicion of the Americans' motive—the belief that the United States is out to tear the state apart—that is fueling the current rebellion. Resistance in Iraq has become a national struggle, tied to the mood of Iraqis generally, as well as to anger fed by experiences of the whole people over the course of the last quarter century. Americans see Iraq as a failed state because they lack knowledge of those experiences and of Iraqi history. That is what Pelletière has set out to remedy. In doing so, he relates American behavior in Iraq to the wider sphere of U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf specifically and the Middle East overall, positioning the war as part of a larger geo-political struggle that encompasses not just the Iraqis or the Iranians, but the Israelis and all of the other client states of the United States in the Middle East.

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"Pelletière's interesting and thought-provoking read could find some use in the classroom. Political science classes would find it useful as a demonstration of the consequences of ignoring the history of institutions and of focusing only on the present. Upper-level history classes on Iraq, the Middle East, or imperialism would benefit from it for similar reasons."

Peace & Change

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313083815
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Series:
Praeger Security International Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
262 KB

What People are Saying About This

Walter Lang

"I have known Dr. Stephen Pelletiere for many years. I was the senior official in the Department of Defense responsible for the intelligence business of the Armed Forces of the United States in that region of the world. Dr. Pelletiere is by far the most gifted and accomplished analyst of Iraqi events and history whom I have ever met. His grasp of the underlying causes of the tortured events in the Northern Gulf which led to the Gulf War is superb."

Walter Lang, Defense Intelligence Officer for the Middle East, South Asia, and Terrorism (1984-94)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN PELLETIERE was the Central Intelligence Agency's senior political analyst on Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War. He is the author of The Iran-Iraq War: Chaos in a Vacuum (Praeger, 1992), Iraq and the International Oil System (Praeger, 2001), and America's Oil Wars (Praeger, 2004).

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