Losing Iraq: insurgency and politics

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Praeger Security International,
Pub. Date:
2007.
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English
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The American efforts in Iraq are based, in rhetoric at least, on the premise of rebuilding a failed state. Pelletiére (the Central Intelligence Agency's former senior political analyst on Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s) rejects that view categorically and argues that if such delusion continues, the American people will never understand the events of the war, in particular why such a large number of Iraqis who are neither die-hard Ba'athists nor religious jihadis are so determined to resist American occupation. In trying to set the record straight, he describes the events of the initial invasion, the near complete failures of US intelligence about Iraq prior to the invasion and during the occupation, relations between expatriate Iraqis and native Iraqis, and the role of Iran in the occupation. Two of his major topics are perhaps most notable: the history of the Iraqi Army, which he argues managed a remarkable reconstitution and professionalization of itself during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s (only to have its expected victor's peace stolen by the Americans at the end of that conflict) and came to serve as a cohesive force for Iraqi nationalism, and the true motivations for the American invasion, which he sees as part of an overall plan to preserve the Middle East client system of the Cold War. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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