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The United States and Iraq since 1979Hegemony, Oil and War$
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Steven Hurst

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627677

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627677.001.0001

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Dual Containment, 1992–2000

Dual Containment, 1992–2000

(p.114) Chapter 4 Dual Containment, 1992–2000
The United States and Iraq since 1979

Steven Hurst

Edinburgh University Press

The Persian Gulf War thus left Saddam Hussein in power with question marks remaining over the extent of Iraq's WMD programmes. Abandoning power-balancing strategies, the Clinton administration adopted a policy of ‘dual containment’ of both Iran and Iraq. In the case of latter, Saddam's regime was to be kept under control and disarmed through a combination of sanctions, weapons inspections and air strikes. Over time, however, this regime gradually weakened as international support for it faded. By the end of the Clinton administration Saddam remained in power, weapons inspections remained incomplete and the effort to contain Iraq was crumbling. Meanwhile, within the United States, right-wing pressure to take decisive action to remove Saddam from power was growing.

Keywords:   Bill Clinton, Dual containment, Sanctions, Rogue states, WMD, Saddam Hussein, UNCSOM

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