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uicksandGeoffrey Wawro approaches America's role in the Middle East in a fundamentally new way by encompassing the last century of the entire region rather than focusing narrowly on a particular country or era The result is a definitive and revelatory history whose drama tragedy and rich irony he relates with unprecedented verve Wawro combed archives in the United States and Europe and traveled the Middle East to unearth new insights into the hidden motivations backroom dealing and outright espionage that shaped some of the most tumultuous events of the last one hundred years Wawro offers piercing analysis of iconic events from the birth of Israe. uicksand is highly uneven book Its first half has plenty of original analysis based on painstaking archival research; but the uality declines from the chapter on the June war onwards The book is finally redeemed only by a couple of good chapters on the Ira war So why the four stars Because despite its flaws this is a remarkable book which is engagingly written peppered with interesting anecdotal detail and spiced up with some wray humour Wawro confirms that US middle east policy has been driven less by a coherent strategy than by consisten politics It has always been a clash between strategic imperatives and domestic political concerns which is a euphemism for the Israel lobby The US wants the regions oil and access to its rich markets; but it has been constrained for nearly a century by the electoral concerns of its leaders who have to rely on Jewish votes and campaign contributions Its this failure to resolve the tension between the two that has doomed the region to a permanent state of crisis

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free read uicksand 106 ☆ ❴Reading❵ ➷ uicksand Author Geoffrey Wawro – Geoffrey Wawro approaches America's role in the Middle East in a fundamentally new way by encompassing the last century of the entire region rather than focusing narrowly on a particular country or er Geoffrey Wawro approaches America's role in L to the death of Sadat from the Suez crisis to the energy crisis from the Six Day War to Desert One from Iran contra to the wars in Ira and Afghanistan and the rise of al aeda Throughout he draws telling parallels between America's past mistakes and its current uandaries proving that we're in today's muddle not just because of our old errors but because we keep repeating those errorsAmerica has juggled multiple commitments and conflicting priorities in the Middle East for nearly a century Strands of idealism and ruthless practicality have alternated and sometimes run together in our policy uicksand untangles these strands as no history h. This review is from uicksand America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East Hardcover Incredibly poor research On the little thingsBen Gurion came from Russia Wrong he came from Poland And on the big thingsthe Jews turned down the Peel Commission proposal for partition of Palestine in 1937 While this is true Wawro states it's because the Jews would not compromise What he leaves out is that the Peel commission only allowed the Jews the area immediately around Haifa and nothing Such a state would have never been viable He also forgets to mention that the Palestinians turned it down because any Jewish presence in the area at all was unaccptable to them The book continues to rant against Israel claiming that paraphrasefollowing Israeli aggression in starting the Six Day War of 1967 Arab lands were annexed No lands were annexed other than the Old City of Jerusalem As to Israeli aggression he conveniently forgets that the blockade of the Israeli port of Eilat was the opening salvo of that war in addition to the massing of troops in Sinai This book is as worthless as the garbage written by Mearscheimer of the University of Chicago several years agohe of course critiues this on the back cover and loves it DON'T BUY UNLESS YOU WANT TO READ FICTION

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As done before by showing how our strategies unfolded over the entire century and across the entire region We've persistently misread the intentions and motivations of every major player in the region because we've insisted on viewing them through the lens of our own culture hopes and fears Most administrations since Eisenhower's have adopted their own doctrine for the Middle East and almost every doctrine has failed precisely because it's a doctrine a template into which events on the ground refuse to fit Geoffrey Wawro's peerless and remarkably lively history is key to understanding our errors and the Middle East at last on its own term. Balfour declaration Chaim Weizmann increased migration to Palestine by Jews who considered themselves the vanguard of a 15 million Jewish population America did not support Jewish migration at the time as the influential Jews in the country including persons such as Solomon Loeb believed that such a migration would imply that all Jews should move to Palestine they themselves will no longer be welcome in the countries that they have built their empires Because of this America's policy at the time can best be said to be of ambivalence The reasons for Balfour declaration made during Peace time were to improve relations with the Bolshevik party which had suffered anti Jewish measures by the Tsar and was dominated by Jews to undermine German efforts to win Jewish support by promising Palestine themselves and to ensure that the Suez canal did not fall into the enemy handsThe Jewish people who started displacing Arab families from their ancestral homes forcing them into poverty were the target of riots and pogroms by Arabs which included the Jaffa riots in 1920