RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 651914561 LA English T1 Why did the United States invade Iraq? A1 Cramer, Jane K., Thrall, A. Trevor., PB Routledge PP Abingdon, Oxon; New York YR 2012 SN 9780415782128 0415782120 9780415782135 0415782139 9780203804568 0203804562 AB This volume presents scholarly thinking on why U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, a pivotal event in both modern U.S. foreign policy and international politics. Since 2003, it has become clear that the threat of weapons of mass destruction was not as urgent as Bush administration presented it and that Saddam Hussein was not involved with either Al Qaeda or 9/11. Many consider the war a mistake and question why Iraq was invaded. A majority of Americans now believe that the public was deliberately misled by Bush administration in order to bolster support for the war. Public doubt has been strengthened by growing number of critical scholarly analyses and in-depth journalistic investigations about the invasion that suggest the administration was not candid about its reasons for wanting to take action against Iraq. This volume begins with a survey of private scholarly views about the war's origins, then assesses the current state of debate by organizing the best recent thinking by foreign policy and international relations experts on why the U.S. invaded Iraq. The book covers a broad range of approaches to explaining Iraq : the role of the uncertainty of intelligence, cognitive biases, ideas, Israel, and oil, highlighting areas of agreement and disagreement.