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Overcoming the Bush legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan

Author: Deepak Tripathi
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The military venture on which George W. Bush embarked within months of his 2001 inauguration has eclipsed all other efforts during his presidency. What started as a military response to al Qaeda's attacks in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001, with the goal of neutralizing al Qaeda and its Taliban hosts in Afghanistan, quickly fused with the neoconservative agenda to reshape and dominate the Middle East.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: George W Bush; George W Bush
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deepak Tripathi
ISBN: 9781597975032 1597975036
OCLC Number: 495597260
Description: xiv, 183 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Anatomy of neoconservatism --
With us or without us --
Battle for Afghanistan --
In Afghanistan, war is peace --
Explaining the invasion of Iraq --
Human rights in acute crisis --
Rebuke of history --
Dimensions of failure --
Power without prudence.
Responsibility: Deepak Tripathi ; foreword by John Tirman.

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The military adventure that George W Bush embarked on within months of his inauguration in 2001 was to eclipse everything else in his presidency. This title identifies the naive calculations,  Read more...

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