Why did the United States Invade Iraq in 2003?

  title={Why did the United States Invade Iraq in 2003?},
  author={Ahsan I. Butt},
  journal={Security Studies},
  pages={250 - 285}
  • Ahsan I. Butt
  • Published 4 January 2019
  • Political Science
  • Security Studies
Abstract Why did the United States invade Iraq in 2003? Most scholars cite the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), a neoconservative desire to spread democracy, or the placating of domestic interest groups as the Bush administration’s objectives, but I suggest these arguments are flawed. Instead, I proffer the “performative war” thesis resting on the concepts of status, reputation, and hierarchy to explain the Iraq war. Hegemons desire generalized deterrence, such that others… 
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