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America and Iraq: Policy-making, Intervention and Regional by David Ryan, Patrick Kiely

By David Ryan, Patrick Kiely

This edited quantity presents an outline on US involvement in Iraq from the 1958 Iraqi coup to the present-day, providing a deeper context to the present clash.

Using a variety of cutting edge tips on how to interrogate US overseas coverage, ideology and tradition, the ebook presents a vast set of reflections on earlier, current and destiny implications of US-Iraqi kinfolk, and particularly the strategic implications for US policy-making. In doing so, it examines numerous key facets of courting similar to: the 1958 Iraqi Revolution; the effect of the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict; the influence of the Nixon Doctrine at the nearby stability of energy; US makes an attempt at rapprochement through the Eighties; the 1990-91 Gulf struggle; and, ultimately, sanctions and inspections. research of the modern Iraq concern units US plans opposed to the ‘reality’ they confronted within the state, and explores either makes an attempt to carry safety to Iraq, and the results of failure.


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We should also be prepared to accept some exposures, some losses, and hostile propaganda attacks. The Soviets regularly accept these risks and continue to do their dirty work. . 53 Still, the Eisenhower administration was divided about the merits of covert operations. The State Department consistently opposed extreme measures to bring down Qasim’s regime. ’54 To the chagrin of the more hawkish intelligence and defense communities, Jernegan cautioned against drastic actions until the situation was truly beyond hope.

Released from the hospital on December 10, Qasim denounced the nationalists in an emotional six-hour press conference. ’ The situation was bleak, Bissell reported, but there was a bright side: at least now Qasim was vulnerable. His popularity had greatly declined and many officers in the army were ready to move against him. Bissell hinted that assassination might be the only viable option. Recent intelligence estimates supported his argument. 86 Such intelligence reporting led to one conclusion, and it skirted across the murky boundaries between intelligence analysis and policy recommendation.

57 While publicly reassuring Qasim about US intentions, the Eisenhower administration secretly nurtured contacts with his opponents. It did not have to look hard to find them. The capitals of the UAR, Jordan, and Lebanon were littered with committees of Iraqi exiles, supported by one or other foreign government, plotting ways and means of returning to power. Jordan’s King Hussein, working with Iran, pursued his dream of restoring Hashemite rule in Iraq. 58 The American intelligence community was well-informed about anti-Qasim conspiracies and well-connected with the conspirators.

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