Prospecting for War: 9/11 and Selling the Iraq War

  title={Prospecting for War: 9/11 and Selling the Iraq War},
  author={Daniel S Masters and Roberta Alexander},
  journal={Contemporary Security Policy},
  pages={434 - 452}
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