The United States and the Middle East: A Search for New Perspectives

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CHAPTER 9
The Persian Gulf War:
Myths and Realities

Eric Davis

A fundamental flaw of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and the Third World generally, lies in the propensity to support authoritarian rather than democratic regimes. In its support of exclusionary regimes that oppose political, economic, and social reforms, the United States has become identified as standing against social change. Nowhere in the Middle East is this policy more pronounced than in the Persian Gulf, where the United States has backed some of the area's most authoritarian and reactionary regimes. One of these was the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein and the Baath party with which the United States began to forge closer ties in 1982. Yet following Iraq's August 1990 invasion of Kuwait, George Bush "drew a line in the sand" and proclaimed a great moral crusade against Saddam Hussein, whom he compared to Hitler, and his forces of aggression.

What was largely ignored throughout the crisis was the extensive support that had been given to the Baathist regime. Not only was United States duplicity in its dealings with Saddam and the Baath almost totally neglected by the institutions of the state and the media but both promoted a mythology surrounding the crisis. This mythology has served to reinforce rather than challenge the shortcomings of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Rather than reduce instability as the Bush administration asserts, the Persian Gulf conflict may actually increase the possibility that the United States will face many more such crises in the region. Given the crisis's impact

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