Not So Long Ago: Military Action and Regime Change in the Gulf

On July 22, 2003, the 101st Airborne and Special Forces located and killed the second and third most wanted officials from Saddam Hussein’s regime, his sons: Qusay and Uday Hussein. The brothers were important and brutal players in Saddam Hussein’s administration, and Qusay, the younger of the two, was widely considered to be Saddam Hussein’s heir.

In a news conference following the raid, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez said of the significance of deaths, “This will prove to the Iraqi people that at least these two members of the regime will not be coming back into power.” (See U.S. Commander Confirms Search for 2 Top Targets Is Over, from the New York Times 7/22/03).

To learn more about U.S. policy in Iraq and the Persian Gulf, check out this title from UPK: The Gulf. Michael F. Cairo reveals how, despite many similarities, father and son pursued very different international strategies. He explores how the personality, beliefs, and leadership style of each man influenced contemporary U.S. foreign policy. Contrasting the presidents’ management of American wars in Iraq, approach to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and relationships with their Israeli counterparts, Cairo offers valuable insights into two leaders who left indelible marks on U.S. international relations. The result is a fresh analysis of the singular role the executive office plays in shaping foreign policy

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