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Iraq and the problematic discourse of defeat

Chandler, David C. (2009) Iraq and the problematic discourse of defeat. Globalizations, 6 (1). pp. 133-138. ISSN 1474-7731

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14747730802692740


The fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq was the occasion for practically every commentator, apart from George W. Bush, to declare that the war in Iraq has resulted in a defeat for the West. While the consensus is clear, what is not so clear is the meaning of this discourse of defeat. One could be forgiven for thinking that, for many commentators, the declaration of the defeat of the intervening powers in Iraq was seen to be a cause, if not of celebration, then at least of a certain vicarious satisfaction. This short discussion piece seeks to locate the meaning and importance of defeat and to explore the implicitly ethical or critical connotation behind the discourse of defeat. It concludes that defeat seems to be based less on the military, strategic, or political defeat of the US and UK than in a wider sense of loss expressed by the blurring of a critique of the Iraq war with a more general disillusionment with political engagement.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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