'Resurrecting Empire': Is the U.S. Doomed to Fail in Iraq? NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Rashid Khalidi about his new book Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East. Khalidi is a critic of the Bush administration's Iraq policy, which he believes is doomed to fail. Iraqis, he says, are mistrustful of the United States because of the West's colonial domination of the Middle East for the past two centuries.