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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Institute for Research (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976443732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976443735
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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The cover of this timely book is its message! It was the slippery Neocon ideologues, who have played a critical role in getting America involved in the immoral, unjust and illegal war with Iraq. On the background of the cover, you see the flagged-draped coffins of our dead military heroes lined up in the bottom of a huge cargo airplane, probably located at Dover Air Force Base, in Delaware. They are returning home from Iraq. In the forefront are the mug shots of three of the leading Neocons: Richard Perle, David Wurmser and Douglas Feith, who had all rabidly advocated the Iraqi conflict, based on as it turns out, misleading and deceptive information.

These three characters, among others, helped to draft for an Israeli government, back in the 90s, the notorious "A Clean Break" policy document, a/k/a "ACB." It urged the Israeli right wing regime of that day, headed by then-Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to remove "Saddam Hussein from power" and to begin "rolling back Syria." Since that time,the ACB has, tragically, morphed into the policy position of the warmongering and Neocon-infested Bush-Cheney Administration. It then led directly to the preemptive invasion of Iraq by the U.S. military forces, on March 20, 2003. It is beyond cavil, that Iran is the next target of this Washington, DC-based War-Making cabal. In the book, at p. 87, Adam Shapiro put it this way, "Iran can legitimately assume that after Iraq, it is next in line on the Israeli (and therefore American) list of targets for military intervention...
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As the authors of this book remark in their forward, this book studies the consequences of a particular document, called "A Clean Break, a New Strategy for Securing the Realm," which was composed in 1996 by the Institute for Strategic and Political Studies. This think tank was located in Jerusalem at the time, and the purpose of the document was to advise the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, who was at that time the newly-elected Prime Minister of Israel. The document is reprinted in an appendix to the book, but can also readily be found on the Internet.

Anyone whose is intellectual honest, both with her self and others, will no doubt find the thesis that one document can by itself have wide influence difficult to accept. Such skepticism would be justified, but it should also be remembered that the political concepts and philosophy expoused in "A Clean Break" is held by many individuals in both the United States and Israeli governments at the present time, and there is every indication that this influence will continue. There is little doubt now of the destructive and destabilizing effects of this philosophy, which has been called `neo-conservatism' both by the authors of this book and many others in the political science community. Indeed, the war in Iraq and the separating wall in Israel are ample evidence of the decadence of this philosophy. The authors show in fair detail some of its consequences, although at times some of their claims are left unjustified. They state explicitly though that they wish to avoid the "mono-causal" trap of holding to an "all-encompassing" historical explanation of the policies of the United States in the Middle East.
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I have just read the book "Neocon Middle East Policy", which was first published in 2005, and is a rather short book in length but a highly provocative and stimulating analysis.
Few things depict the absolute absurdity and injustice of Israeli apartheid policies and failed US foreign policy better than maps; history and reality on the ground explained simply and intelligently by group of wonderful scholars does the job perfectly.

The mission of this book is to review strategies, consequences, and "damage assessment" of the "Clean Break" plan/report which was prepared as a proposed new policy for the government of Israel, and presented to then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in July of 1996.

The first five chapters of the book are extracted from panel speakers' notes from diverse scholars of Middle East policy observers, each of whom expertly analyses and reviews various consequences of "Clean Break Plan".

Adam Sahpiro discusses the creation of facts on the ground, and consequence and eminent danger produces when regional actors confront the regional hegemon. Khaled Dawoud explores sentiment of Arab populations and US regional policy from perspective of foreign news correspondence. Faye Williams examines the consequence of the plan on Palestinians battle for justice when confronted by hard-line American policy makers.

The article, A Clean Break with the Roadmap, by William James Martin, is a close textual analysis of the document.
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