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Balance SheetThe Iraq War and U.S. National Security$
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John S. Duffield and Peter J. Dombrowski

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760133

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760133.001.0001

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The Iraq War and American National Security Interests in the Middle East

The Iraq War and American National Security Interests in the Middle East

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(p.68) 4 The Iraq War and American National Security Interests in the Middle East
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Balance Sheet
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F. Gregory Gause III
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760133.003.0004

This chapter examines the impact of the Iraq War on U.S. national security interests in the Middle East. It evaluates the consequences of the War in six areas of American concern including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), terrorism, democracy promotion, Arab–Israeli peace, oil, and the overall American strategic position in the region. The chapter also argues that the absence of WMD in Iraq has harmed American credibility, and that the violence and chaos which characterized the birth of Iraqi democracy reduced the attractiveness of the democratic model in the region.

Keywords:   Iraq war, national security, Middle East, WMD, Arab–Israeli peace, democratic model

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