America's Great Game

America's Great Game

The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East

eBook - 2013
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The Central Intelligence Agency's reputation in the Middle East today has been marred by waterboarding and drone strikes, yet in its earliest years the agency was actually the region's staunchest western ally. In America's Great Game, celebrated intelligence historian Hugh Wilford reveals how three colorful CIA operatives?Kermit and Archie Roosevelt, and maverick covert-ops expert Miles Copeland?attempted, futilely, to bring the U.S. and Middle East into harmony during the 1940s and ?50s. Heirs to an American missionary tradition that taught them to treat Arabs and Muslims with respect and e.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780465069828
0465069827
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (385 p.)

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SEBoiko
Sep 15, 2014

... grand strategic considerations relating to communism and oil that influenced US Middle East policies generally in the early Cold War period.

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SEBoiko
Sep 15, 2014

Indiana Jones, it seems: was not a complete invention.

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StarGladiator
Nov 05, 2013

An incredible retelling of the events: "Despite their good intentions, these "Arabists" propped up authoritarian regimes..." A rather extravagant reframing of "They overthrew popular, democratically-elected governments who were enacting the will of the citizenry." A reviewer mentions the phrase, "benign influence" in the context of Aramco, (owned by Rockefeller, Mellon and Rothschild), yet many died due to machinations to prop up Aramco's power and influence. (Naturally, the Shah of Iran who replaced the overthrown president, would invest Iran's billions in Rockefeller's Chase Manhattan Bank.) This complete alteration of real historical fact is the greatest argument as to the crucial importance of understanding financial history or economic history: if we don't know the underlying financial agendas, they will always claim their profits came accidentally or from "hard work" not rigging everything in their favor, while killing countless innocent people. (It was no coincidence that Kermit Roosevelt ended up as VP at Gulf Oil (owned by the Mellon family) and his cousin, Archie or Archibald, ended up a special advisor to David Rockefeller and VP of his Chase Manhattan Bank (small world, huh?) - - perhaps as payment for their involvement with the coup in Iran in the early 1950s when they tried to nationalize Aramco's oil fields there?) Today, the major question is whether we should call it the Roosevelt family, or since intermarriage among the rich is so common, the Roosevelt-Warburg family? The author's bizarre notion or premise, that the CIA was that region's (the Middle East) staunchest western ally, is so cognitively dissonant as to bugger belief? It leaves this commenter completely dumbfounded! The colossal thievery of foreign nations' resources isn't "misadventure" it instead constitutes crimes against humanity! [Curious that around 2000, Chris Mellon, then with the D.I.A., will "leak" that Iran almost has a nuclear weapon! In 2000? Chris Mellon, of the fabulously wealthy Mellon family? There's that Mellon name again?]

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