THE WAR OVER IRAQ: Saddam's Tyranny and America's Mission

Lisa Fiedler, Author . Holt $25.95 (192p) ISBN 978-0-8050-7054-5

Between the 1991 Persian Gulf War and the current crisis over Iraq, neoconservative thinkers such as Kristol (editor of the Weekly Standard) worked to keep Saddam Hussein at the center of the U.S. foreign policy agenda. In this slim, well-argued book, Kristol and Kaplan, a senior editor at the New Republic, cogently make the case for a U.S. invasion of Iraq. The rationale behind the Bush administration's preemptive strategy, they write, is that Saddam Hussein is a dictator who threatens both his own people and the world, and therefore must be stopped before he does further harm. The weaknesses in the authors' case are the same as many find in the administration's—such as that the ties between Saddam and al-Qaeda are unclear, which Kristol and Kaplan acknowledge. But, they continue, "we do know that Saddam is a terrorist." Just as importantly, the book criticizes the policy of both the latter years of the first Bush administration and the Clinton years for allowing the Iraq threat to fester. Both governments had their reasons—Bush I's pragmatism and Clinton's focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—but the world is much worse off, say Kristol and Kaplan. The background for a case for a U.S. strike is articulated well here. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 03/03/2003
Release date: 11/01/2002
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