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xxii, 453 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
  • War of choice
  • Gearing up
  • Arsenal of theocracy
  • Silver screen six Is calling
  • Mad dog, kicked, bites back
  • Rescuing evil
  • No clean ending
  • Good Intentions
  • Balkan digression
  • What winning means
  • Phony war
  • Changing the way they live
  • Kicking down the door
  • How this end
  • Government In a box
  • Entropy
  • Iraq, again
  • Generational war.
A critical assessment of America's foreign policy in the Middle East throughout the past four decades evaluates and connects regional engagements since 1990 while revealing their massive costs.
"From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country's most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise--now more than thirty years old and with no end in sight. During the 1980s, Bacevich argues, a great transition occurred. As the Cold War wound down, the United States initiated a new conflict--a War for the Greater Middle East--that continues to the present day. The long twilight struggle with the Soviet Union had involved only occasional and sporadic fighting. But as this new war unfolded, hostilities became persistent. From the Balkans and East Africa to the Persian Gulf and Central Asia, U.S. forces embarked upon a seemingly endless series of campaigns across the Islamic world. Few achieved anything remotely like conclusive success. Instead, actions undertaken with expectations of promoting peace and stability produced just the opposite. As a consequence, phrases like "permanent war" and "open-ended war" have become part of everyday discourse. Connecting the dots in a way no other historian has done before, Bacevich weaves a compelling narrative out of episodes as varied as the Beirut bombing of 1983, the Mogadishu firefight of 1993, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the rise of ISIS in the present decade. Understanding what America's costly military exertions have wrought requires seeing these seemingly discrete events as parts of a single war. It also requires identifying the errors of judgment made by political leaders in both parties and by senior military officers who share responsibility for what has become a monumental march to folly. This Bacevich unflinchingly does." --From dust jacket.
Green Library
xi, 389 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
  • List of Illustrations vii Preface ix Introduction 1 Chapter One: People and Places 17 Chapter Two: Conquering and Ruling Premodern Afghanistan 66 Chapter Three: Anglo-Afghan Wars and State Building in Afghanistan 110 Chapter Four: Afghanistan in the Twentieth Century: State and Society in Conflict 164 Chapter Five: Afghanistan Enters the Twenty- first Century 272 Chapter Six: Some Conclusions 337 Notes 351 References 359 Index 367.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691154411 20180213
Afghanistan traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today. Thomas Barfield introduces readers to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan, explaining what unites them as Afghans despite the regional, cultural, and political differences that divide them. He shows how governing these peoples was relatively easy when power was concentrated in a small dynastic elite, but how this delicate political order broke down in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when Afghanistan's rulers mobilized rural militias to expel first the British and later the Soviets. Armed insurgency proved remarkably successful against the foreign occupiers, but it also undermined the Afghan government's authority and rendered the country ever more difficult to govern as time passed. Barfield vividly describes how Afghanistan's armed factions plunged the country into a civil war, giving rise to clerical rule by the Taliban and Afghanistan's isolation from the world. He examines why the American invasion in the wake of September 11 toppled the Taliban so quickly, and how this easy victory lulled the United States into falsely believing that a viable state could be built just as easily. Afghanistan is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how a land conquered and ruled by foreign dynasties for more than a thousand years became the "graveyard of empires" for the British and Soviets, and what the United States must do to avoid a similar fate.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691154411 20180213
Green Library
2 videodiscs (ca. 84 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (9 p. : col. ill. ; 15 cm.)
"On February 13, 2010, American-led coalition forces launched the biggest military operation since the beginning of the Afghanistan War. Their target was the town of Marjah, a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan ... Journalist Ben Anderson tells the story of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, and its commanding officer, Captain Ryan Sparks"--Container.
Media & Microtext Center
1 videodisc (ca. 270 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Part 1: 1. Within hours of the 9/11 attacks
  • 2. Preparing the plan of attack
  • 3. Cheney's focus: new wartime powers
  • 4. The Afghanistan campaign
  • 5. Cheney's secret plan for handling detainees
  • 6. Iraq is back on the table
  • 7. Working in the shadows
  • 8. Rumsfeld: hardback infighter
  • 9. Rumsfeld takes on the generals and State Dept.
  • 10. The drumbeats of war
  • 11. Tough new interrogation techniques
  • 12. The CIA national intelligence estimate on WMD
  • 13. The CIA's flawed intelligence goes public.
  • 14. Powell makes the case for war at the U.N.
  • 15. The countdown to war. ; Part 2: 1. The invasion is over in three weeks
  • 2. Plans for Postwar Iraq quickly go awry
  • 3. L. Paul Bremer takes over
  • 4. Bremer's next edict: dissolve the Iraqi army
  • 5. No weapons of mass distruction
  • 6. Things are getting bad, fast
  • 7. Late 2003 - Spring 2004
  • 8. The insurgency rages
  • 9. Bush re-elected: Iraqis vote
  • 10. 2006: a flickering civil war
  • 11. A new Defense Secretaty, a new strategy.
From the horror of 9/11 to the invasion of Iraq; the truth about WMD to the rise of an insurgency; the scandal of Abu Ghraib to the strategy of the surge. Reveals the defining stories of the "war on terror" in meticulous detail, and the political dramas that played out at the highest levels of power and influence. On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, the full saga will unfold in this special documentary analysis of one of the most challenging periods in the nation's history.
Media & Microtext Center
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson is best known as a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas. He seemed to be in the minor leagues, except for the fact that he is a member of two major foreign policy and covert-ops committees. However, once Charlie is prodded by his major conservative supporter, Joanne Herring, Wilson learns about the plight of the people who are suffering from the effects of the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of the maverick CIA agent, Gust Avrakotos, Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support needed to defeat the Soviet Union. Ultimately, Charlie learns that while military victory can be obtained, there are other consequences and prices to that fight that are ignored to everyone's sorrow. Based on a true story.
Media & Microtext Center
3 videodiscs (180 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • pt. 1. Baby it's cold outside
  • pt. 2. The phantom victory
  • pt. 3. The shadows in the cave.
Explores the nature and origins of terrorism. Argues that the idea of a global network of organised terrorism has been greatly exaggerated and the resulting climate of fear exploited by Western governments.
Media & Microtext Center
1 videodisc (ca. 128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
As a career CIA operative, Bob Barnes begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to. An up-and-coming oil broker, Bryan Woodman faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with idealistic Gulf Prince Nasir al-Subaai. Corporate lawyer, Bennett Holiday faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies Across the globe, a disenfranchised Wasim Khan, a Pakistani teenager, falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
Media & Microtext Center
xix, 223 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
  • List of illustrations
  • Series editor's note
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • National security: the genesis of U.S. involvement in the Middle East
  • Into the middle of a fight: the United States and the Arab-Israeli conflict to 1961
  • Tumultuous decades: nationalism and counter-revolution, 1950s-1960s
  • Unending controversy: the Arab-Israeli conflict, 1961-1982
  • Revolution, war, and terrorism: the Middle East at center stage, 1970s-1980s
  • Peace process: the U.S. approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict, 1982-2005
  • Messy little wars: U.S. operations in the Middle East since 1990
  • Conclusion.
Why does the Middle East continue to be the most challenging region of the globe for U.S. foreign policy? The USA had relatively little interest in the Middle East before 1945. But world dynamics since WWII - influenced by the Arab-Israeli wars and oil - have given the region major security and economic interests for Washington. This book analyses the broad contours of American involvement in the Middle East since 1945 and the issues - the Cold War, Arab nationalism, decolonisation of European powers and military interventions. It provides a concise and readable introduction to US-Middle East relations. Exploring why the Middle East continues to be the most challenging region of the globe for U.S. foreign policy, this is an ideal primer textbook for undergraduate courses on politics & international relations.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781574888201 20160528
Green Library
xix, 407 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • List of Illustrations Preface to the 2005 Edition Introduction: Middle East Interests 1. "Benevolent Supremacy": The Biblical Epic at the Dawn of the American Century, 1947-1960 2. The Middle East in African American Cultural Politics, 1955-1972 3. King Tut, Commodity Nationalism, and the Politics of Oil, 1973-1979 4. The Good Fight: Israel after Vietnam, 1972-1980 5. Iran, Islam, and the Terrorist Threat, 1979-1989 6. Military Multiculturalism in the Gulf War and After, 1990-1999 Conclusion: 9/11 and After: Snapshots on the Road to Empire Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Filmography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520244993 20160528
"Epic Encounters" examines how popular culture has shaped the ways Americans define their 'interests' in the Middle East. In this innovative book - now brought up-to-date to include 9/11 and the Iraq war - Melani McAlister argues that U.S. foreign policy, while grounded in material and military realities, is also developed in a cultural context. American understandings of the region are framed by narratives that draw on religious belief, news media accounts, and popular culture. This remarkable and pathbreaking book skillfully weaves lively and accessible readings of film, media, and music with a rigorous analysis of U.S. foreign policy, race politics, and religious history. The new chapter, titled "9/11 and After: Snapshots on the Road to Empire, " considers and brilliantly analyzes five images that have become iconic: New York City firemen raising the American flag out of the rubble of the World Trade Center, the televised image of Osama bin-Laden, Afghani women in burqas, the statue of Saddam Hussein being toppled in Baghdad, and the hooded and wired prisoner in Abu Ghraib. McAlister's singular achievement is to illuminate the contexts of these five images both at the time they were taken and as they relate to current events, an accomplishment all the more remarkable since - to paraphrase her new preface - we are today struggling to look backward at something that is still rushing ahead.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520244993 20160528
Green Library
1 videodisc (184 min.) : sd., col. ; 43/4 in.
  • Episode 1. Baby it's cold outside
  • episode 2. Phantom victory
  • episode 3. The shadows in the caves.
Documentary-maker Adam Curtis asks just how frightened we should be of the threat of terrorism. He claims that the idea we are threatened by an organised terrorist network is an illusion. The program argues that once our politicians offered us dreams of a better world but that now their role is to protect us from nightmares. When shown in Britain this series provoked intense debate.
Media & Microtext Center
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Absurdly comic tale set after the end of the Gulf War, when three American soldiers looking to plunder stolen gold become involved in an uprising.
Media & Microtext Center