The Resource America's war for the greater Middle East : a military history, Andrew J. Bacevich

America's war for the greater Middle East : a military history, Andrew J. Bacevich

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America's war for the greater Middle East : a military history
Title
America's war for the greater Middle East
Title remainder
a military history
Statement of responsibility
Andrew J. Bacevich
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Language
eng
Summary
  • A critical assessment of America's foreign policy in the Middle East throughout the past four decades evaluates and connects regional engagements since 1990 while revealing their massive costs
  • From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country's most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise--now more than thirty years old and with no end in sight. During the 1980s, Bacevich argues, a great transition occurred. As the Cold War wound down, the United States initiated a new conflict--a War for the Greater Middle East--that continues to the present day. The long twilight struggle with the Soviet Union had involved only occasional and sporadic fighting. But as this new war unfolded, hostilities became persistent. From the Balkans and East Africa to the Persian Gulf and Central Asia, U.S. forces embarked upon a seemingly endless series of campaigns across the Islamic world. Few achieved anything remotely like conclusive success. Instead, actions undertaken with expectations of promoting peace and stability produced just the opposite. As a consequence, phrases like "permanent war" and "open-ended war" have become part of everyday discourse. Connecting the dots in a way no other historian has done before, Bacevich weaves a compelling narrative out of episodes as varied as the Beirut bombing of 1983, the Mogadishu firefight of 1993, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the rise of ISIS in the present decade. Understanding what America's costly military exertions have wrought requires seeing these seemingly discrete events as parts of a single war. It also requires identifying the errors of judgment made by political leaders in both parties and by senior military officers who share responsibility for what has become a monumental march to folly. This Bacevich unflinchingly does.--From dust jacket
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Bacevich, Andrew J
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS63.2.U5
LC item number
B3214 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Islamischer Staat im Irak und in Syrien
  • United States
  • Middle East
  • United States
  • United States
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Middle East
  • United States
  • Kriegführung
  • Irakkrieg
  • Bürgerkrieg in Syrien
  • Naher Osten
  • Somalia
  • USA
Label
America's war for the greater Middle East : a military history, Andrew J. Bacevich
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-432) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A note to readers -- Maps -- Prologue -- Part I. Preliminaries. War of choice. Gearing up. Arsenal of theocracy. Silver screen six is calling. Mad dog, kicked, bites back. Rescuing evil. No clean ending -- Part II. Entr'acte. Good Intentions. Balkan digression. What winning means. Phony war -- Part III. Main card. Changing the way they live. Kicking down the door. How this ends. Government in a box. Entropy. Iraq, again. Generational war -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxii, 453 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780553393934
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2015038868
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99967205509
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps
Stock number
99968841636
System control number
  • (OCoLC)923665923
  • (OCoLC)ocn923665923
Label
America's war for the greater Middle East : a military history, Andrew J. Bacevich
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-432) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A note to readers -- Maps -- Prologue -- Part I. Preliminaries. War of choice. Gearing up. Arsenal of theocracy. Silver screen six is calling. Mad dog, kicked, bites back. Rescuing evil. No clean ending -- Part II. Entr'acte. Good Intentions. Balkan digression. What winning means. Phony war -- Part III. Main card. Changing the way they live. Kicking down the door. How this ends. Government in a box. Entropy. Iraq, again. Generational war -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxii, 453 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780553393934
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2015038868
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99967205509
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps
Stock number
99968841636
System control number
  • (OCoLC)923665923
  • (OCoLC)ocn923665923

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