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Richard Parker, Eagleton’s longtime friend and Arabist colleague, politely but strongly disagrees. “We certainly should have lowered relations in 1988. We shouldn’t even have re-established them in 1984. All it did was help massage Saddam’s ego.” One of Glaspie’s subordinates in Baghdad admits, “We had absolutely no influence.”

Sustained only by vague hopes, the Americans in Iraq, like the British a half century before, were destined to watch in disbelief as another farhoud unleashed its fury. This time Kuwaitis, not Jews, paid the price.

PART IIIA New Breed?

A BREAK in diplomatic relations constitutes the worst career nightmare for a Foreign Service officer. That is why the will to cut relations must come from the Seventh Floor and the White House. One U.S. Diplomat who had been assigned to a troubled Arab country told me, “If the size of our mission staff had been cut down, I was next on the list to be sent home to Washington. I desperately, desperately wanted to stay on post. I’m Jewish. The Six-Day War was one of those defining moments of my youth, when I really identified with being a Jew. Radical Arab countries were like the dark side of the moon for me. To learn Arabic and serve as a diplomat in one of these places was just fascinating. How could I be expected to want to leave after just arriving?”