Saddam Hussein: An American Obsession

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Verso, 2002 - Despotism - 320 pages
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.The idea of direct invasion is the greatest threat to Saddam. It avoids the problems of securing local allies, inside and outside Iraq, which bedevil any indirect approach to get rid of him. But it has one immense disadvantage from the US point of view . if the US invades Iraq to install its own government it will be taking direct physical control of an area containing more than half the world.s oil reserves. It will look like the founding of a new American empire based on physical force and will be deeply resented . It would outrage the Arabs at a moment when the Israel-Palestine conflict is in a particularly bloody phase. America could find that it has overplayed its hand, just as Saddam did when he invaded Kuwait twelve years ago...From the new Prologue At the outset of the 1991 Gulf War, US leaders resolved the .Iraqis will pay the price., so long as Saddam Hussein remained in power. This book makes chillingly clear just how terrible that price has been. Eleven years ago Saddam was caught by surprise; his preparations since September 11 show that lessons have been learnt. In a substantial new prologue the authors analyse these preparations and the terrifying consequences of a military invasion of Iraq.
 

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Contents

Saddam at the Abyss
3
We Have Saddam Hussein Still Here
31
The Origins of Saddam Hussein
58
Saddam Fights for His Long Arm
86
Iraqis Will Pay the Price
114
Uday and the Royal Family
140
Intrigue in the Mountains
164
Deaths in the Family
191
Bring Me the Head of Saddam Hussein
211
Saddam Moves North
231
Uday Takes a Hit
251
Endgame
263
Notes
287
Index
309
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Leslie Cockburn's coverage of foreign affairs has won her numerous awards, including the Emmy, George Polk and duPont-Columbia Awards, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for International Reporting, and the National Press Club Award for Diplomatic Correspondence.
Andrew Cockburn's wide-ranging journalistic career in print and television includes the George Foster Peabody Award-winning documentary "The Red Army, and the first detailed description of the terrible 1957 nuclear accident in the Urals. The Cockburns are both contributing editors for "Vanity Fair, and are coproducers of the 1997 DreamWorks film "The Peacemaker. They live with three children in Washington, D.C.

Cockburn has been a senior Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times and the London Independent since 1979. He was one of the few journalists to remain in Baghdad during the Gulf War.

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