A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East (Google eBook)

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PublicAffairs, Jan 1, 2008 - History - 336 pages
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It is in the Middle East that the U.S. has been made to confront its attitudes on the use of force, the role of allies, and international law. The history of the U.S. in the Middle East, then, becomes an especially revealing mirror on America's view of its role in the wider world.

In this wise, objective, and illuminating history, Lawrence Freedman shows how three key events in 1978–79 helped establish the foundations for U.S. involvement in the Middle East that would last for thirty years, without offering any straightforward or bloodless exit options: the Camp David summit leading to the Israel-Egypt Treaty; the Iranian Islamic revolution leading to the Shah's departure followed by the hostage crisis; and the socialist revolution in Afghanistan, resulting in the doomed Soviet intervention.

Freedman makes clear how America's strategic choices in those and subsequent crises led us to where we are today. A Choice of Enemies is essential reading for anyone concerned with the complex politics of the region or with the future of American foreign policy.

  

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Bad highschool textbook level analysis of American Middle East Policy from the 70's till about 2008. Full of unnecessarily flowery, and provocative, prose, eg: literally describing some states and ... Read full review

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A comprehensive history of America and the Middle East from Carter and Camp David to Iraq and Afghanistan. Full of excellent information and important insight, if a little scholarly at times. The last ... Read full review

Contents

1 Choosing Enemies 1
1
2 The First Wave 18
18
PART ONE JIMMY CARTER
37
3 Camp David 39
39
4 Revolution in Iran 62
62
5 Uprising in Afghanistan 84
84
PART TWO RONALD REAGAN
107
6 The Mujahideen 109
109
PART FOUR WILLIAM CLINTON
273
14 Dual Containment 275
275
15 Return to Camp David 309
309
16 Choosing America 341
341
PART FIVE GEORGE W BUSH
371
17 The War on Terror 373
373
18 Regime Change 397
397
19 Insurgency 423
423

7 In and Out of Beirut 122
122
8 Iraq 150
150
9 IranContra 168
168
10 The Tanker War 192
192
PART THREE GEORGE H W BUSH
209
11 Iraq Takes Kuwait 211
211
12 Desert Storm 234
234
13 Intifada 254
254
20 Suicides and Assassinations 449
449
21 The Main Enemy? 473
473
22 Friends and Enemies 504
504
Acknowledgments 513
513
Notes 515
515
Bibliography 553
553
Index 571
571
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About the author (2008)

Sir Lawrence Freedman is professor of war studies at King's College, London. In 2001 he was appointed head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at King's and then in 2003 vice principal for research. Before joining King's he held research appointments at Nuffield College, Oxford, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is the author of several books of history, including Kennedy'sWars.