A Better Country: Why America was Right to Confront Iraq

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University Press of America, 2008 - History - 88 pages
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Arthur Borden's A Better Country demonstrates why America was right to confront Saddam Hussein. This book analyzes the public debate over Iraq to show how partisanship has obscured the purposes of the war effort and promoted a mistaken image of American power both domestically and abroad. A Better Country reminds us that, stretching back to the presidency of Jimmy Carter and before, there had been a broad consensus over the touchstone issues of Iraq, the Middle East and the unmentionable reality of oil--until political argument became degraded by charges of betrayal and wholesale deception. Taking by turn the key points of argument-from weapons of mass destruction and the inspectors to containment and the imminence of the threat from aggressive Iraq-Borden argues that even the Administration failed to present clearly the true nature of the security risks facing America. From George Bush and Hans Blix to Meet the Press and The New York Times, this book provides a lively account of how America--over its airways, through its newspapers and thus within its living rooms--argues out the great issues of the day. Written by a veteran World War II and of the many political crises since, this book is underlined by a personal narrative about the meaning of America and of American power at its best. It renews the principle that, in rising to address security risks in an uncertain world, America itself becomes a better county.
 

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Contents

A Necessary War
1
Public Support
7
The Oppositions Arguments
9
The Missing WMD
11
Containment
23
The Imminent Threat
31
Links
37
Aluminum Tubes and Yellowcake
43
The Iraq War Resolution
59
Conclusion
65
PRESIDENT GEORGE H W BUSH IN DEFENSE OF THE KUWAIT WAR
69
SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE
73
EXCERPTS FROM THE IRAQ SURVEY GROUP FINAL REPORT THE DUELFER REPORT KEY FINDINGS
75
September 11 2002 An Ode
81
Bibliography
83
INDEX
87

Regime Change and Democracy
49
The Wrong Campaign
53
Authors Biography
89
Copyright

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After serving in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945, Arthur Borden enrolled in law school to prepare for a role in government. Like many other WWII veterans who had the same hope, he stayed in private practice to support his growing family and to realize the American Dream.

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