Groupthink, Iraq, and the War on Terror: Explaining US Policy Shift toward Iraq

@inproceedings{Badie2010GroupthinkIA,
  title={Groupthink, Iraq, and the War on Terror: Explaining US Policy Shift toward Iraq},
  author={Dina Badie},
  year={2010}
}
  • Dina Badie
  • Published 2010
  • Political Science
  • Existing scholarship on the Iraq War decision-making process generally treats the event as a logical extension of pre-existing ideas and policies. This paper considers the Bush administration’s decision to absorb Iraq into the broader War on Terror as a deviation from long-held views of Saddam Hussein. I argue that the decision to incorporate Iraq into the wider post 9 ⁄ 11 mission was pathologically driven by groupthink, which caused a shift in the administration’s view of Saddam from a… CONTINUE READING

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