The book “Middle East and the United states history, politics, and ideologies” by David W. Lesch and Mark L. published in 2012 is basically a compilation of articles, specifically twenty eight, all of which address and bring forth their take on the history and background of the Middle East and the United States…
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Each editor makes a contribution of one article; Rashid Khalidi also contributes a piece. This is totally based on his own personal endorsement of the entire collection is displayed at the back cover of the publication. These articles are thorough, well versed and extensive, with a seventeen page index towards the end of the volume. The fact that the availability of the book served to be of a general issue as it was available at the local shelves after quiet a while of its release. The scattershot technique which is adopted by its distribution tends to suggest that its objective is not simply to enlighten the general public that goes through the literature but to provide a base for well versed articles which are not published elsewhere. An area of concern which was noticeable is the difficulty it poses even as far as its academic use is concerned. The articles lack a date of compilation which makes it difficult to judge how recent the scholarship really is. In fact with the quick progress and developments in the regions it addresses up to date information is rather critical; so an academic analysis which is based on prior information and events would tend to have a limited relevance except to elucidate areas of confusion, which as far as the scope of U.S Middle East policy are concerned, are numerous. The major themes along which the compilations of articles in the publication focus on can be divided into two sections. The first of these focuses on addressing the Iraq War that took place in 2003; it aims to answer the critical question: What were the reasons behind the United States decision to invade Iraq? Following along the lines of this theme the main idea’s towards formulating an explanation by listing down reasons for this undertaking of the United States, more specifically George Bush, can be categorized into seven possible motives. The first of these motives is the allegation that Iraq has initiated a program well on its way to acquire Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). The time frame of when the Bush administration made the decision to invade Iraq is not mentioned specifically. Also the report by the Secretary of Treasury back then following Bush’s announced decision to make a move towards Iraq was not referred. Despite the fact that this announcement took place at Bush’s first cabinet meeting, eight months prior to the attacks of 9th November 2011. Yetiv, one of the authors of the compilation, a Professor of Political Science, refers to a report which goes to reflect the intentions of the administration switching to non-WMD justifications for the invasion. Even here no reference is made to the report of May 2003 published in Vanity Fair, which states the undisputed rationale mentioned by the Deputy Secretary of Defense – Weapons of Mass Destruction. The second point made to contribute to our understanding of the reasons behind the US invasion of Iraq was that of the country’s allege complicity in the 9/11 incident. Pointed out here is the early conclusion by the Bush administration and Wolfowitz, the Secretary of Defense, which Iraq had conspired with Al Qa’idah to bring out the American loss of lives that took place on 9/11; even though it is obvious from the contributions of the authors that there is a general agreement on this thesis not being very convincing. A key weakness
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