Iraq Case Study

Iraq Case Study - 1 April 9 2008 The Return of the Imperial Presidency The Bush Doctrine and U.S Intervention in Iraq The events following

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1 May 12, 2009 The Return of the Imperial Presidency? The Bush Doctrine and U.S. Intervention in Iraq The events following September 11 th , leading up to the invasion of Iraq with the purpose of toppling the Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein is a prime example of the exuding of presidential authority by means of “going public” and a reliance on the American individualistic spirit. George Bush used these processes in order to push his agenda on the invasion of Iraq and in the process of ascertaining Congressional support , notably not authority. This was the first example of a Post-Cold War president taking total control of the reigns in the field of foreign policy and war, effectively eliminating Congress from the picture. The post-September 11 th world, clearing changed the American idea of foreign policy, causing her to feel susceptible and under attack, therefore allowing a total surrender of power to the executive. The first in a chain of events of the rise of the new imperial presidency occurred in the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 23, giving the president power to use “necessary and appropriate force against those nations…he determines…aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.” This is an example of the American individualistic spirit, in which the country, feeling under attack, finds it necessary to take its own measures of force against those responsible; this represents an American lack of trust or confidence in the ability of international organizations to take effect. It is noteworthy that, this was not the piece of legislation that gave the president direct support on his Iraqi invasion and also noteworthy that the U.S. cooperated with both NATO and the UN under this resolution in the actions taken against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. However, it is still clear that this was the president’s first step toward an American isolationist identity.
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POLS 30210 taught by Professor Lavallee during the Fall '07 term at Notre Dame.

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Iraq Case Study - 1 April 9 2008 The Return of the Imperial Presidency The Bush Doctrine and U.S Intervention in Iraq The events following

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