• Summary
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Political History of America’s Wars is the first reference work to explore the legislative, social, and policy aspects of America’s major wars, rebellions, and insurrections. This volume weaves together important primary source documents, informative biographies, and in-depth essays to provide coverage of the political antecedents, events, and consequences of America’s wars, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chapter 48. Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003–)
Chapter 48. Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003–)
At Issue

President George W. Bush stated that war with Iraq was justified by Iraq’s possession of “weapons of mass destruction.” Later, he also cited the need to remove Iraq’s president, the dictator Saddam Hussein, from power in order to promote democracy in Iraq.

The Conflict

In his January 29, 2002, State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush identified Iraq ...

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