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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, delivering a deeper context to the present clash.

Using quite a number leading edge ways to interrogate US international coverage, ideology and tradition, the booklet offers a vast set of reflections on previous, 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 dating comparable to: the 1958 Iraqi Revolution; the influence of the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict; the impression of the Nixon Doctrine at the nearby stability of energy; US makes an attempt at rapprochement in the course of the Eighties; the 1990-91 Gulf warfare; and, eventually, sanctions and inspections. research of the modern Iraq problem units US plans opposed to the ‘reality’ they confronted within the kingdom, and explores either makes an attempt to carry protection to Iraq, and the results of failure.


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The most divisive issue between them concerned Iraq’s relationship to Nasser. ‘Arif, generally speaking, had panArabist sympathies. He supported a close relationship with Nasser and suggested that Iraq might join the UAR. He in turn was supported by pan-Arabists in the officer corps and by members of the Ba’ath Party: a small, but well-organized, political force. Qasim, on the other hand, was deeply suspicious of Nasser. He believed that union with the UAR would undermine Iraqi sovereignty. It also would mean that Qasim would have to play second fiddle to Nasser and Qasim was not interested in playing second fiddle to anyone.

2 For a thoughtful critique of the historiography of US–Iraqi relations and a superb analysis of the events discussed in this chapter, see Nathan J. Citino, ‘Middle East Cold Wars: Oil and Arab Nationalism in US-Iraqi Relations, 1958–1961,’ in Kathryn C. Statler and Andrew L. Johns, eds. : Rowman and Littlefield, 2006), 245–270. The Iraq experts Marion Farouk-Sluglett and Peter Sluglett point out that the neglect of Iraq by historians has not been limited to the subject of foreign relations. ‘A bleak picture’ is how they described the historiography of modern Iraqi history since 1958.

39 Accordingly, staving off a precipitous invasion by other regional powers became a major objective of American foreign policy toward post-revolutionary Iraq. The Mossadeq option While most members of the Eisenhower administration agreed that military intervention would create more problems than it would solve, some doubted that the United States could risk sitting passively while Iraq slid into communism. Speaking before the National Security Council, Treasury Secretary Robert B. Anderson drew an unfavorable comparison with recent events in Indochina.

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