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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 offers an outline on US involvement in Iraq from the 1958 Iraqi coup to the present-day, supplying a deeper context to the present clash.

Using various cutting edge the way to interrogate US overseas coverage, ideology and tradition, the e-book presents a large set of reflections on earlier, current and destiny implications of US-Iraqi family members, and particularly the strategic implications for US policy-making. In doing so, it examines a number of key points of courting comparable to: the 1958 Iraqi Revolution; the effect of the 1967 Arab-Israeli warfare; the effect of the Nixon Doctrine at the neighborhood stability of energy; US makes an attempt at rapprochement throughout the Eighties; the 1990-91 Gulf struggle; and, ultimately, sanctions and inspections. research of the modern Iraq quandary units US plans opposed to the ‘reality’ they confronted within the kingdom, and explores either makes an attempt to convey safety to Iraq, and the consequences of failure.


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50 The Central Intelligence Agency fueled the sense of urgency. 51 Dulles and his intelligence analysts left little doubt that Iraq was fated to become the next communist satellite. The CIA pressed the Iraq Committee to pursue an aggressive covert action program, including possibly assassination, which intelligence analysts saw as the only sure way of removing Qasim from power. ’52 A partially declassified document prepared for the Iraq Committee listed overt and covert measures being planned or implemented by the United States.

While it is difficult to know exactly what actions were taken to destabilize or overthrow Qasim’s regime, we can discern fairly clearly what was on the planning table. We also can see clues as to what was authorized. Within days of the coup in Iraq, the US and British governments began contemplating covert action. 46 The Iraq Committee, formed a few months later, counseled military restraint while considering covert options. It shared the consensus view within the administration that dramatic military action by the United States was not desirable at that time.

34 The discussion again turned to military intervention. By the spring of 1959, the Pentagon had already developed plans to use two or three army divisions to gain control over Baghdad and other strategic locations. 35 But the Eisenhower administration also recognized that unprovoked, preemptive warfare would stimulate fierce resistance from the Iraqi populace. Any new government set up by the United States would be discredited, the State Department warned: ‘As soon as US forces left Iraq the revulsion against any government set up [by the US] .

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