In The Threatening Storm, Kenneth M. Pollack, one of the world's
leading experts on Iraq, provides a masterly insider's perspective
on the crucial issues facing the United States as it moves toward a
new confrontation with Saddam Hussein.
For the past fifteen years, as an analyst on Iraq for the Central
Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, Kenneth
Pollack has studied Saddam as closely as anyone else in the United
States. In 1990, he was one of only three CIA analysts to predict
the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. As the principal author of the CIA's
history of Iraqi military strategy and operations during the Gulf
War, Pollack gained rare insight into the methods and workings of
what he believes to be the most brutal regime since Stalinist
Examining all sides of the debate and bringing a keen eye to the
military and geopolitical forces at work, Pollack ultimately comes
to this controversial conclusion: through our own mistakes, the
perfidy of others, and Saddam's cunning, the United States is left
with few good policy options regarding Iraq. Increasingly, the
option that makes the most sense is for the United States to launch
a full-scale invasion, eradicate Saddam's weapons of mass
destruction, and rebuild Iraq as a prosperous and stable
society--for the good of the United States, the Iraqi people, and
the entire region.
Pollack believed for many years that the United States could
prevent Saddam from threatening the stability of the Persian Gulf
and the world through containment--a combination of sanctions and
limited military operations. Here, Pollack explains why containment
is no longer effective, and why other policies intended to deter
Saddam ultimately pose a greater risk than confronting him now,
before he gains possession of nuclear weapons and returns to his
stated goal of dominating the Gulf region. "It is often said that
war should be employed only in the last resort," Pollack writes. "I
reluctantly believe that in the case of the threat from Iraq, we
have come to the last resort."
Offering a view of the region that has the authority and force of
an intelligence report, Pollack outlines what the leaders of
neighboring Arab countries are thinking, what is necessary to gain
their support for an invasion, how a successful U.S. operation
would be mounted, what the likely costs would be, and how Saddam
might react. He examines the state of Iraq today--its economy, its
armed forces, its political system, the status of its weapons of
mass destruction as best we understand them, and the terrifying
security apparatus that keeps Saddam in power. Pollack also
analyzes the last twenty years of relations between the United
States and Iraq to explain how the two countries reached the
unhappy standoff that currently prevails.
Commanding in its insights and full of detailed information about
how leaders on both sides will make their decisions, The
Threatening Storm is an essential guide to understanding what may
be the crucial foreign policy challenge of our time.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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