This book is a critical account, written as it occurred, of the first phase of the war on terror. It is composed of newspaper columns discussing that “war,” and with the events and forces influencing it or provoked by it.
This collection begins with a column written the afternoon of September 11, 2001, and ends with those written in December 2003. The articles cover the lead up to the attack on Iraq, the war in Iraq, and the political and economic directions the US has taken since then. A world-renowned journalist, William Pfaff then discusses the geopolitical implications for Europe and the rest of the world.
The Iraq War was waged for several different reasons and success in Iraq has been measured by many different criteria. But regardless of any military progress and battles won, regardless of the casualties in Iraq and the loss of international prestige that has accompanied embarassing episodes, most Americans never really considered the possibility that the US could lose the political struggle in Iraq, a defeat that would cast into question the significance of the War against Terror and America’s role as the “sole superpower.” If America is there to re-shape the Middle East and "bring democracy and freedom," what are the implications for America as the elected government asks us to get out of Iraq?
About the Author
William Pfaff's reflections on politics and contemporary history have appeared in The New Yorker since 1971. He writes a column for the International Herald Tribune, in Paris, syndicated by the Los Angeles Times.
His books include The Wrath of Nations, Condemned to Freedom, andBarbarian Sentiments which was a National Book Award finalist and in French translation won the City of Geneva's Prix Jean-Jacques Rousseau as the best political work in 1989-1990.
He is the former deputy director of the Hudson Institute's European affiliate, and before that was an officer of the Free Europe organization. He is a former editor of Commonweal magazine.
About the Book
After September 11, 2001, it was easy to forget the economic uncertainties of the preceding summer, the obvious flaws in the presidential election of 2000, and other brewing problems. But the...
There has been little or no discussion at the level of national politics and policy of the possibility that the U.S. might lose the Iraq war. There is an all but universal assumption that American power will in the end crush anything that resists it….
Americans did not really consider the possibility that the US could lose the political struggle in Iraq, a defeat that would cast into question the significance of the War against Terror and America’s modern role as the “sole superpower.” Pfaff pokes holes in our “utopian illusions” and pleads for a more rational view.
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LC Classification: HV6432.P49
Dewey code: 973.931—dc22
Price: USD 22.95
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Price: USD 28.95
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