GVPT355 final study guide 4

The us and hussein were unclear about each others

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have in the past and hand over WMDs to terrorists (al Qaeda maybe). The US and Hussein were unclear about each other’s intentions and under/over estimated their ideal points and their opposition’s ideal points and this created information asymmetries. Hussein was maybe hiding the fact that he did not have WMDs to make himself appear stronger in the eyes of Iran and internal opposition groups. He was willing to go to war with the US in order to avoid conflict with Iran? Or maybe had deluded himself of US resolve Hussein’s actions were perceived differently by US and caused a war never intended to occur
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Limitations: Indivisible Stakes is not applicable. TL;DR Hussein was not trustworthy, and he underestimated the US’s resolve, US overestimated their ideal point. Limitation: Indivisible Stakes is not applicable for obvious reasons. Diversionary War Theory Economy was bad (at least in that day in age...) Approval ratings were down close to an election 58% before war, 71% after invasion. Election was coming up Needed support, this was a great way to do it, seemed like low costs 9/11 happened recently Caused in-group cohesion Bush need to look like a strong powerful leader US seemed vulnerable to its people and the world TL;DR Economy was bad, ratings were down, US was vulnerable b/c of 9/11, costs seemed low
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  • Spring '13
  • Cunningham
  • 2003 invasion of Iraq, Hussein, addam Hussein

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