From 9/11 to Iraq Archive
On the eve of the US invasion of Iraq the "Coalition of the Willing" leaves much to be desired, as does the case for war on the basis of an imminent threat. This is the last post in the "Between 9/11 and the Iraq War" Historical Mullet series. Original discussion is included in the first
Radical, liberal, conservative, libertarian, or non-voter you’ve gotta ask yourself one question about Bush…what’s up with that smirk? Watch his delivery. When he’s saying the words he’ll be all intent and serious, but then as soon as the applause starts or there’s a pause this little smirk will creep across his face as if he’s
The Independent Commission on 9/11 is approved - though it hardly seems independent.
Thirteen months after 9/11 it become clearer what President Bush was willing, and not willing, to do in the Global War on Terror.
Shortly after Putin declared a doctrine of limited preemption Bush responded with an expanded view of preemption. The implications of this doctrine, including both preemption against state and non-state actors as well as targeted killing outside of designated battlefields would constitute a radical shift in national security doctrine that would come to define the Global
On the first anniversary of 9/11 - an editorial shared describes the overwhelming coverage leading up to the anniversary and what it meant for a nation debating war.
In the fall of 2002, Putin released a national security doctrine which opened the door for limited military preemption. This set the stage for Bush to release his own national-security doctrine making the case for preemptive regime change. Post includes original commentary in first comment.
The consensus against the US on Iraq grows as Nelson Mandela and Jaques Chirac, Presidents of South Africa and France respectively state that the US must seek UN approval prior to attack. Post includes original commentary in first comment.
Only a few weeks short of the first anniversary of 9/11 it describes a growing concern that the international order was turning away from the US march to war, and what ramifications there might be if a balance-of-power coalition forming against the US as the sole super-power in the world. Post includes original commentary