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Kramer Vs. Cole On Iraq

I and other critics of American Middle East studies have often noted that, prior to 9/11, no scholarly studies of Osama bin Laden or Islamic terror were written. This, despite the appropriation of millions of U.S. government dollars on grounds of “national security,” to support Middle East Studies. Now, in a post on his blog, Sandstorm, Martin Kramer exposes an equally damning truth. Government subsidized American Middle East Studies have produced no studies of Baathist Iraq. Kramer’s devastating post on the complete absence of scholarly studies of contemporary Iraq takes on Juan Cole, the University of Michigan historian and defender of MESA I clashed with in January.


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