Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy
The conﬂict with Iraq has been one of the longest in American history, beginning in
1991 with no end in sight. It emerged from an the unfortunate interplay of several
trends and conditions: the end of the Cold War, the repression and aggression of
Saddam Hussein, the increasing importance of petroleum from Southwest Asia to
much of the world, and, more recently, the explosion of Islamic radicalism. Together,
these have propelled Iraq to the forefront of US national security strategy.