Foreign Policy on the Offensive

  • Chris J. Dolan


On March 19, 2003, President George W. Bush ordered U.S. military forces to invade Iraq in the hope of uncovering a vast terrorist network and seizing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) the United States believed were in violation of United Nations resolutions. Bush justified his use of force on America’s right of self-defense and warned that Iraq was an imminent threat, claiming “all free nations have a stake in preventing sudden and catastrophic attack.” He also cautioned that “Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al Qaeda,” and went on to accuse Iraq of possessing “25,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum, 500 tons of sarin, mustard, and VX agent, 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents,” building “mobile biological weapons labs,” and pursuing “five different methods of enriching uranium for a bomb.”1


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