THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

No Win

With the failure of the United States and Israel to achieve decisive victories in Iraq and Lebanon, the age of Western military dominance in the Middle East appears to be ending. It's time for a new strategy.

A US soldier at the scene of a suicide car-bomb explosion in central Baghdad in August 2005.
By Andrew J. Bacevich
August 27, 2006

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EVER SINCE BRITAIN AND FRANCE overthrew Ottoman rule in World War I to create the modern Middle East, Western nations have relied on unquestioned military superiority to secure their position in the region. Between the world wars, European imperialists ruthlessly employed firepower to crush nationalist uprisings. After World War II, as the United States supplanted Europe, American military power underwrote ... (Full article: 1624 words)

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