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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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A Second War for Hegemony, 2001–2003

A Second War for Hegemony, 2001–2003

(p.153) Chapter 5 A Second War for Hegemony, 2001–2003
The United States and Iraq since 1979

Steven Hurst

Edinburgh University Press

George W. Bush came to power as the representative of a newly dominant American Conservatism inclined to the use of force as a solution to international problems and determined to get rid of Saddam Hussein. It was the events of September 11th 2001, however, which made it possible to rationalise the effort to reassert American hegemony as part of the ‘War on Terror’. By including Iraq in the ‘Axis of evil’ and suggesting that Iraq might supply WMD from its alleged programmes to terrorists, Bush sought to legitimise a preventive war against Iraq. The war subsequently launched in March 2003 was designed as a decisive blow that would solve America's regional difficulties in one fell swoop. Eliminating Saddam would intimidate Iran, contribute to Israeli-Palestinian peace, and create a market-democracy in the Middle East which would act as a catalyst for similar developments across the region.

Keywords:   George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, 9/11, Neo-conservatives, Iraq War, Oil, Saddam Hussein, War on Terror

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