In this revelatory volume, Stephen Pelletière, the CIA’s Iraq analyst in the 1980s, argues that not only did Rumsfeld’s plan for a quick, decisive military victory in Iraq reflect the ideas of Israel’s right-wing party, but that it exemplifies Lukid’s profound, little-understood, and at times disatrous influence on the United States’ Middle East policy for nearly three decades.
Israel in the Second Iraq War: The Influence of Likud describes U.S.-Israeli relations from the fall of the Shah—when President Reagan anointed the Israel as America’s surrogate in the Middle East—through a string of Mid-East policy fiascos, including the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages scandal, and the ill-fated second Iraq War, which Likudniks in the Pentagon promoted and which produced the ongoing Iraqi resistance. The book also chronicles the growth of resistance movements including Hamas and Hezbollah, arguing that these are not part of a vast jihadi conspiracy, but are instead Arab attempts to stop land seizures by the Israelis and the Americans.
- Includes a bibliography focusing on irregular warfare, the Arab-Israeli dispute, and America's involvement in Iraq going back to time of Reagan
- Offers a comprehensive index