The War over Iraq: Selling War to the American Public

  title={The War over Iraq: Selling War to the American Public},
  author={Jon W. Western},
  journal={Security Studies},
  pages={106 - 139}
  • Jon W. Western
  • Published 1 January 2005
  • Political Science
  • Security Studies
How, in the absence of any link between Iraq and the events of September 11, 2001, was the Bush administration able to go to war against Iraq with widespread political support? Well before the terrorist attacks of September 11, the public was concerned about terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and Iraq. In the immediate months after the attacks, the public was supportive, at least hypothetically, of military action to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Nonetheless, the… 
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