Since the war in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Americans have been surprised to learn that much of the world now views the United States itself as a major threat to global peace. American international legal expert Francis A. Boyle examines the imperial dimensions of U.S. policy in the Middle East, past and present, which may help to account for these views.
In a hard-hitting commentary well-grounded in fact and in law, Boyle addresses the train of U.S. transgressions of international law, leading to havoc in the region, and destabilization of the world system as a whole. By the presidency of George W. Bush, U.S. policy had evolved to a public assertion of the right to preemptive war, and its actual implementation.
This book discusses U.S. assistance to Iraq during the Iran/Iraq war, U.S. conduct of the 1990 Gulf War, and the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in relation to their violation of the laws of neutrality, humanitarian law, the laws of war--and the law of the U.S. Constitution.
The concluding chapter provides a guide to impeaching President George W.
Bush for lying in leading the nation to war.