By Paul Rogers
There are few this present day who can declare that the united states career of Iraq has been successful, for Iraq or the USA. A battle Too a ways takes this on via on reflection at the many unanswered questions about the invasion itself. What used to be the true explanation for the Iraq conflict? Did George Bush ever have a method to confront al-Qaida in a single enviornment? How does the invasion adjust Iraq's courting with Iran? And what does this suggest for the long run? World-renowned defense professional Paul Rogers tackles those questions, supplying a uniquely insightful research of occasions in the course of and after the warfare. analyzing the fragile stability of energy in Iraq, he explores the choices for a US go out method, and the way the invasion impacts America's dating with Iran. Paul Rogers envisioned in 2000 that the united states might event a terrorist assault by itself soil. next occasions proved how exact he used to be. This e-book is needed studying for college students, newshounds, policy-makers and an individual attracted to getting the entire tale concerning the risky effects of the newest American enterprise within the center East. Paul Rogers explores: • The neo-conservative imaginative and prescient of a US-dominated heart East • The oil hyperlink – Iraq's value in strength geopolitics • hyperlinks with Israel – the advance of shut army cooperation among the U.S. and Israeli army • The starting to be risk of a battle on Iran and its capability repercussions
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Extra info for A War Too Far : Iraq, Iran and the New American Century (2006)
Aid agencies have long warned that Iraq and its 26 million people were in poor shape after two earlier wars and years of sanctions. A large part of that responsibility obviously lies with the regime itself, but the nature of the blunt sanctions is also relevant. In any case, by the onset of the recent war the Iraqi population had been severely weakened. In this light, the effects of any attack would be magnified, and urban warfare would be particularly destructive. This is precisely what happened.
Such a presence contrasted with the view from the civilian leadership at the Pentagon which believed that the United States armed forces, especially the army, could maintain international security without having the need for very large numbers of troops based overseas. There might well be a need for large numbers of bases, but most of these could be maintained on a ‘stand-by’ basis, ready for use when needed, with the overall trend being towards smaller US forces capable of rapid deployment when required.
The current operations in Baghdad do indicate that this is the military policy now being pursued. A relevant factor here is the popular mood in the Middle East, which is turning ever more strongly against the United States. A protracted war would allow that to develop further, while a sudden escalation of violence by US forces might end the regime more quickly but at the cost of passionate anger across the region in protest at a higher level of casualties. In the United States, the dominant perception seems to be that the war is already as good as won, and that peace and tranquility will rapidly follow a stunning victory.
A War Too Far : Iraq, Iran and the New American Century (2006) by Paul Rogers