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What were the causes of the Iraq War? Who were the main players? How was the war sold to the decision makers? Despite all that has been written on the Iraq war the myriad scholarly, journalistic and polemical works the answers to these questions remain shrouded in an ideological mist. TheRoad to Iraq is an empirical investigation that dispels this fog.
Discover how a small but ideologically coherent and socially cohesive group of determined political agents used the contingency of 9/11 to overwhelm a skeptical foreign policy establishment, military brass and intelligence apparatus.
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad is a political sociologist and a Lecturer in Journalism at the University for the Creative Arts. His articles and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, The National, Le Monde Diplomatique, Guernica, Adbusters, IPS News, Political Insight and the London Review of Books blog. He has also appeared as a political analyst on the BBC, Al Jazeera, RAI TV, and various international radio channels. He edits Pulsemedia.org.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Black Gold and Red Herrings 2. Origins and Interests 3. Ideology and Institutions 4. Setting the Agenda 5. Selling the War Conclusions