Douglas Little explores the stormy American relationship with the
Middle East from World War II through the war in Iraq, focusing
particularly on the complex and often inconsistent attitudes and
interests that helped put the United States on a collision course
with radical Islam early in the new millennium. After documenting
the persistence of "orientalist" stereotypes in American popular
culture, Little examines oil, Israel, and other aspects of U.S.
policy. He concludes that a peculiar blend of arrogance and
ignorance has led American officials to overestimate their ability
to shape events in the Middle East from 1945 through the present
day, and that it has been a driving force behind the Iraq war. For
this updated third edition, Little covers events through 2007,
including a new chapter on the Bush Doctrine, demonstrating that in
many important ways, George W. Bush's Middle Eastern policies mark
a sharp break with the past.