Making Sense of the War in
A web page compiled to support POLS 401, Politics of the War in Iraq.
· The Washington Post has a page with links to the 9/11 Commission Report.
· Many of the links for POLS 326, about 9/11 and responses to it, still work. This was the first time the course was offered.
· From PDA (Project on Defense Alternatives), A Critical Appraisal of Operation Enduring Freedom (includes a link to .pdf version)
· The White House Page on Iraq
· The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has a page on Iraq
· The Guardian (UK) has a page on the conflict with Iraq
· Center for Defense Information published a short discussion of preemptive war and international law.
· The New York Times special page on the Iraq Standoff has mostly recent stories
spoke to US Military Academy about pre-emption,
· Nicholas Lemann article in The New Yorker, The War on What?
· Michael O’Hanlon, testimony before Congress on prognosis for a war, 10/02
· Francois Heisbourg, in The Washington Quarterly, on the pre-emption doctrine.
· The Center for Cooperative Research put together this list of events and statements about the decision to invade.
· January 2002 Discussion of new Bush Doctrine, from Brookings
· Early on (July 2002) our govt. was talking to the British govt. See the Downing Street Memo.
· Secretary Powell on Meet the Press, says disarmament, not regime change the goal (10/20/02); This was a slight change from the month before, when disarmament and regime change were the goals in this Meet The Press interview from Sept. 15, 2002. Part of this shift of emphasis was because of ongoing discussions of UN role.
· "Democratic Mirage in the Middle East" by Marina Ottaway, Thomas Carothers, Amy Hawthorne, and Daniel Brumberg (Policy Brief #20, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)
· President Bush’s speech of Oct. 7, 2002, just before Congress passed the resolution giving him the power to go to war.
Cheney spoke to CPAC, 1/30/03. This
might be the most succinct presentation of the Bush administration position on
· Dpy. Sec. State Armitage spoke to Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1/30/03. Here are his comments with questions and answers from the entire hearing that day.
Case Against Iraq, presented to the Security Council of the UN,
Powell’s Remarks to CSIS, 3/5/03.
· Effects of Powell’s Arguments on the Nation’s Largest Newspapers, from Brookings.
· Just before the war began, Vice President Cheney was on the news talk show, Meet The Press. Here is a transcript of the show.
the academic and literary worlds are against
· 3/17, Bush and Blair Pull Resolution from UN, WA Post
· Iraq: A Chronology of UN Inspections And an Assessment of Their Accomplishments, from ACA.
· 3/17, Second Resolution Withdrawn in Guardian story
· 3/18, Check the Guardian Page for international reactions
· 3/15, Bush, Allies Set Summit on “Options,” WA Post
· 3/16, Bush in Final Push for Support, WA Post
· 3/17, US Officials Make it Clear: Exile or War, WA Post
· 3/20, No Outcome But Victory, Bush Vows, WA Post
· CNN Index Page, Day by Day War Stories
· Once the war started, the NYT devoted a pages to stories about war action
· 3,17 Guardian article, Tactical Lessons that Must Be Learnt
· Human Rights Watch report on civilian casualties, from December of 2003. This produced the 100,000 estimate of civilian casualties. Note: A radio interview with one of the researchers, who previous to this worked for the Department of Defense and was chief of high-value targeting during the Iraq War in 2003, is available here.
· Here is a summary of the Lancet study, by Burnham et.al., that produced the 600,000 estimate of civilian casualties.
· Planning for the post-war period was begun in October of 2001. Documents from the National Security Archive are available here. The National Security Archive is a nongovernmental collection of mostly government documents run by people at George Washington University.
· The Iraq Coalition Casualty Count website keeps track of official stats.
· John Dower, “A Warning from History,” in the Boston Review
· The report of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Check its description of the “curveball” evidence.
· Tim Russert, Meet the Press, interview with the President, Feb. 7, 2004.
· If you have not read much about just war theory, please see this description from the BBC website.
· Defense Strategy Review, courtesy of Commonwealth Institute
· University of Maryland’s Center for International Development & Conflict Mgmt