Magazine article Foreign Affairs

A History of the Iraq Crisis: France, the United States, and Iraq, 1991-2003

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

A History of the Iraq Crisis: France, the United States, and Iraq, 1991-2003

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Recent Books: Western Europe: A History of the Iraq Crisis: France, the United States, and Iraq, 1991-2003 BY FRÉDÉRIC BOZO. TRANSLATED BY SUSAN EMANUEL. Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Columbia University Press, 2016, 408 pp.

Commentators still do not agree on what exactly motivated the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, senior members of the George W. Bush administration sold the war as vital to counterterrorism, counterproliferation, democracy promotion, and Middle East peace. It is unclear whether they believed any of that. French President Jacques Chirac, along with some other European leaders, strongly opposed the war. In this book, Bozo relies on official documents and interviews with insiders to reconstruct how Paris viewed these developments. …

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