(Week 12) Flibbert, The Road to Baghdad

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(Week 12) Flibbert, The Road to Baghdad Poli 244: International Politics September 24, 2007 The Road to Baghdad: Ideas and Intellectuals in Explanations of the Iraq War Alternatives to the “war on terrorism:” o Conducting limited military strikes against Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan o Pursuing terrorist planners principally through legal and political means War in Iraq was a maximalist strategy that eventually lead to: o Transformation in structure of the American federal government o Extraordinary defense build-up o Defying international law in the pursuit and treatment of terrorist suspects o Waging TWO wars Focus went from Afghanistan to Iraq as the “axis of evil” War was launched with bipartisan congressional approval and substantial domestic support o The war is puzzling because: There was no obvious domestic political pressure that drove American actions (administration could have continued a politically popular war on terrorism without greater US involvement in Iraq ie broad public support to re-election) After UN Security council refused to sanction military action, Iraq war placed exceptional strain on the UN and threatened to damage relations with European, Arab, and other Muslim majority states Administration argued overthrowing Hussein and preventing his regime from pursuing WMD was essential to US security, the linkage between an Iraq war and US security always tenuous and indirect Domestic and International costs were clear from the outset Few doubted US’s military power but the political risk was significant: o Failure would have great consequences on Bush’s presidency and American’s position in the world Economic cost Bush’s Administration overexaggerated threats, but why? Why did US officials want to go to war in the first place? o 4 Ideas central to administration and the Middle East: A Belief in the necessity and benevolence of American hegemony Manichaen conception of politics Conviction that regime type is the principal determinant of foreign policy Great confidence in the efficacy of military force
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I. Constructivism a. Traces war and other outcomes in international relations to ideational phenomena and social processes such as norms, identities, and cultures. Challenges existinc notions of the national interest by moving beyond the
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course POLI 244 taught by Professor Saideman during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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(Week 12) Flibbert, The Road to Baghdad - (Week 12)...

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