A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Political Science - 678 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 1978-1979 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. Drawing on his considerable expertise, Freedman makes clear how America's strategic choices in those and subsequent crises led us to where we are today.
 

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Contents

A Choice of Enemies
i
Dramatis Personae
v
Preface
xxxii
CHOOSING ENEMIES
3
THE FIRST WAVE
36
JIMMY CARTER
71
CAMP DAVID
73
REVOLUTION IN IRAN
116
IN AND OUT OF BEIRUT
228
IRAQ
283
IRAN CONTRA
318
THE TANKER WAR
366
GEORGE H W BUSH
397
IRAQ TAKES KUWAIT
399
DESERT STORM
444
INTIFADA
482

UPRISING IN AFGHANISTAN
159
RONALD REAGAN
201
THE MUJAHIDEEN
203
WILLIAM CLINTON
517
DUAL CONTAINMENT
519
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