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By: Jeffrey S. Lantis & Eric Moskowitz

In: Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy: From Terrorism to Trade

Chapter 3: Executive Decisions and Preventive War: Strategies of Intervention and Withdrawal in Iraq (2003–2011)

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Executive Decisions and Preventive War: Strategies of Intervention and Withdrawal in Iraq (2003–2011)
Executive decisions and preventive war: Strategies of intervention and withdrawal in Iraq (2003–2011)
Jeffrey S.Lantis and EricMoskowitz

Before You Begin

  • What is the “imperial presidency” model, and what are its implications for U.S. foreign policy making?
  • Why did the Bush administration decide to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein in 2003? What were the justifications for a preemptive war against Iraq, and how well has this stood the test of time?
  • What leaders were particularly influential in shaping the decision to invade Iraq, and what domestic opposition did they face?
  • Why was it so difficult for Congress to have a significant impact on presidential plans for war?
  • What links can you draw between the decision-making process and outcomes in ...

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