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Desert Mirage: The True Story of the Gulf War

Martin Yant

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ISBN 10: 0879756780 / ISBN 13: 9780879756789
Published by Prometheus Books, 1991
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Title: Desert Mirage: The True Story of the Gulf ...

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Shortly after Iraq invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990, author Martin Yant argued in a newspaper column that Saddam Hussein's "military machine" wasn't nearly the menace President Bush said it was. Rather than being a well-equipped and "battle-hardened" million-man Wehrmacht at the command of another Adolf Hitler, Yant suggested that the Iraqi army appeared to be a "war weary," smaller, supply-short force at the command of another Manuel Noriega.

When the Persian Gulf War ended in February of 1991 in the U.S. led coalition's rout of the Iraqi army, Yant set out to write Desert Mirage to show how the Bush administration had deliberately deceived Americans into supporting the pursuit of power disguised as the pursuit of principle - at the cost of an estimated 375,000 lives.

In the process, Yant shows how the "liberation" of Kuwait, whose occupation the Bush administration helped cause - either by ineptness or design - was merely a pretense for assertion of American power in the Middle East.

Yant pieces together his convincing case from thousands of reports from dozens of sources that sporadically seeped through the administration's veil of deceit to reveal that the thunderously triumphant 'Desert Storm' was actually a deviously devised 'Desert Mirage' with far more foreboding causes and consequences than what the public could ever imagine.

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Columbus, Ohio, journalist Yant offers a carefully documented, scathing indictment of the Persian Gulf War as a ``war of deception'' amounting to outright fraud by US leaders. Yant has combed the mainstream press and some sources outside it to gather disturbing evidence about this highly groomed war in which ``media manipulation and censorship took [on] new and sinister forms.'' But even though much of the evidence is published elsewhere, Yant pieces it together into a lucid whole. Kuwait, the author finds, deliberately provoked Iraq by raising oil prices and pumping disputed oil, and Saudi Arabia encouraged the Iraqis to assume an aggressive stance against Kuwait. Yant reviews ambiguous moves by the US (including Ambassador Glaspie's assurance to Hussein that the US had ``no opinion on Arab-Arab border conflicts''). Satellite photos taken after the invasion suggest that Iraq was not menacing Saudi Arabia; Bush, Yant says, ``deliberately overstated [Iraq's nuclear bomb capability] after surveys showed the issue could positively affect public opinion.'' The author looks at how the military pool-reporting system resulted in the news media being ``first misled, then intimidated, and finally co-opted.'' Especially chilling is a discussion of whether Iraqi troops ``withdrew'' or ``retreated,'' a distinction that the coalition (saying the troops were under retreat) used to justify the strafing and carpet-bombing that killed untold numbers of Iraqis (buried uncounted in mass graves). Overall, Yant argues that the US wanted military intervention from the beginning and hid the success of the blockade and the viability of several peace initiatives to get its way. In the best tradition of contrarian investigative journalism, and worth consideration. (Four-page photo insert--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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