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By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

What have been the reasons of the Iraq struggle? Who have been the most gamers? How used to be the conflict offered to the choice makers? regardless of all that has been written at the Iraq struggle the myriad scholarly, journalistic and polemical works the solutions to those questions stay shrouded in an ideological mist. the line to Iraq is an empirical research that dispels this fog. notice how a small yet ideologically coherent and socially cohesive staff of decided political brokers used the contingency of 9-11 to weigh down a sceptical overseas coverage institution, army brass and intelligence equipment.

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80 The then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. 81 He was replaced by the pliant Gen. 82 Gen. Shinseki was expelled after he contradicted the Pentagon civilians’ optimistic assessment of the scale of deployment necessary for the operation. The future head of the Joint Special Operations Command Gen. Stanley McChrystal also opposed the war. 84 If the war was being waged to advance US imperial interests, then it had remarkably few supporters among the traditional advocates of American primacy.

Its utilitarian conception of law, stripped of moral legitimacy, creates the ground for its routine suspension. 23 The resulting social fragmentation creates a new susceptibility for associations around identity and creed. 24 Enter the neoconservatives. 25 The movement had its origins in the political 41 The Road to Iraq c­ onvolutions of the 1930s Jewish émigré intellectual scene in New York, comprising figures such as Max Shachtman, Sidney Hook, James Burnham, Irving Kristol and Irving Howe. In the years following World War II, their radical anti-Stalinism gave way to liberal anti-communism.

The more pedestrian version of the thesis – that Iraq was invaded to maximise profits for US energy corporations – ignores the fact 19 The Road to Iraq that these companies were being held back not by Saddam Hussein but by US-imposed sanctions. 5 In 1996, Texaco, Conoco, Mobil and Halliburton joined 670 other companies and trade associations to form USA*Engage, a lobbying coalition that worked closely with the US Chamber of Commerce to fight the sanctions. S. 10 Cheney’s successor at Halliburton shared his view.

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