The American Bombing of Libya
A Study of the Force of Miscalculation in Reagan Foreign Policy
About the Book
This book argues that the 1986 American bombing of Libya represented an act of desperation by then-president Ronald Reagan in order to salvage American credibility in the Arab world. The author asserts that such credibility had been severely undermined by Reagan’s earlier decision to enhance the strategic alliance between the U.S. and Israel, and that the 1986 bombing specifically targeted Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi as one of the foremost Middle Eastern threats to American security. Finally, the author asserts that the Libyan bombings served as a significant foreshadowing of the current Iraq War and as a powerful illustration of the United States’ historical willingness to use military power in order to preserve American economic and strategic interests in the Middle East.
About the Author(s)
Writer Nicholas Laham lives in Barstow, California.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
Table of Contents
1. Reagan Pursues a Misguided Policy 9
2. The Reagan Administration Unsuccessfully Attempts to Isolate Libya 49
3. Heading Toward a Military Showdown 83
4. Reagan Orders the Bombing 113
5. International Condemnation of the Bombing 165
6. A Legitimate Response to Terrorism or a Demonstration of Power? 200