America and Iraq: Policy-making, Intervention and Regional by David Ryan, Patrick Kiely

By David Ryan, Patrick Kiely

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

Using a number of leading edge the way to interrogate US overseas coverage, ideology and tradition, the publication presents a huge set of reflections on prior, 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 facets of dating corresponding to: the 1958 Iraqi Revolution; the effect of the 1967 Arab-Israeli struggle; the influence of the Nixon Doctrine at the neighborhood stability of energy; US makes an attempt at rapprochement throughout the Nineteen Eighties; the 1990-91 Gulf struggle; and, ultimately, sanctions and inspections. research of the modern Iraq concern units US plans opposed to the ‘reality’ they confronted within the nation, and explores either makes an attempt to deliver defense to Iraq, and the consequences of failure.


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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. 15 Further complicating the political picture was the status of the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP). Before 1958, it was a well-organized underground movement opposed to the Iraqi monarchy. After the revolution, the ICP came out into the open. Because it was the largest, best-organized, and most cohesive political group in Iraq, the Communist Party would play a pivotal role in shaping the balance of power in the months to come.

45 We do not know precisely what the US role was in these and the myriad other plots that were hatched against Qasim’s regime during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. The documentary record is filled with holes. A remarkable volume of material remains classified, and those records that are available are obscured by redactions – large blacked-out sections that allow for plausible deniability. 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.

Most accounts indicate that the UAR was involved on some level. Some of the gunmen were probably trained in Damascus by Nasser’s agents, though it is doubtful Saddam himself was among them. 76 US intelligence believed Nasser was working closely with the Iraqi Ba’ath party. ‘Nasser is counseling conspirators involved in plan for coup in Iraq . . including assassination of Qasim,’ the agency reported in September. 77 Some administration officials perceived the impending plot as an opportunity for the United States to rid itself of Qasim.

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