By Paul Rogers
There are few at the present time who can declare that the USA career of Iraq has been successful, for Iraq or the USA. A warfare Too a long way takes this on by way of in retrospect at the many unanswered questions on the invasion itself. What used to be the true explanation for the Iraq conflict? Did George Bush ever have a technique 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 specialist Paul Rogers tackles those questions, providing a uniquely insightful research of occasions in the course of and after the conflict. reading 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 expected in 2000 that the united states may adventure a terrorist assault by itself soil. next occasions proved how exact he was once. This booklet is needed examining for college kids, newshounds, policy-makers and somebody drawn to getting the complete tale in regards to the harmful results of the newest American enterprise within the center East. Paul Rogers explores: • The neo-conservative imaginative and prescient of a US-dominated center East • The oil hyperlink – Iraq's value in power geopolitics • hyperlinks with Israel – the advance of shut army cooperation among the USA and Israeli army • The starting to be risk of a warfare on Iran and its capability repercussions
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The work is likely to be paid for by Iraqi oil revenues. To put Rogers 01 chap01 38 24/11/05 09:42:47 AFTERMATH 39 it crudely, Iraq seems likely to end up subsidising American companies to repair damage done by American forces in the war – hardly the behaviour of a welcome liberator, much more that of a determined occupier. Such views may not be entirely fair – Iraqi subcontractors and workers on the ground may be employed to do much of the work – but they are not too easy to counter. In any case, the reality is that the US destruction of the regime and subsequent occupation of Iraq is simply not getting the welcome and support from the population as a whole that was confidently expected in Washington.
The accuracy or otherwise of such a viewpoint is less significant in the present context than the fact that it is very widespread across the Middle East – and is daily reinforced by the actual behaviour of the occupying forces. Thus, the Rogers 01 chap01 51 24/11/05 09:42:49 52 A WA R T O O FA R conclusion has to be drawn that current circumstances are leading to increasing bitterness and opposition within Iraq and a further deepening of the anti-American (and anti-British) mood across the region.
These two centres will be based on existing Iraqi airfields and will be close to the major northern and southern oilfields. As expected, a third base will be established close to Baghdad itself, probably at the international airport, which has already been mooted as the logistical and command centre for the current US occupying forces. The surprise has been the report of a fourth planned base at the H1 airfield in the west of Iraq, towards the Syrian border. In its way, though, this should hardly come as a surprise.
A War Too Far : Iraq, Iran and the New American Century (2006) by Paul Rogers