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.
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.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 A Necessary War Chapter 5 Public Support Chapter 6 The Opposition's Arguments Chapter 7 The Missing WMD Chapter 8 The Imminent Threat Chapter 9 Links Chapter 10 Aluminum Tubes and Yellowcake Chapter 11 Regime Change and Democracy Chapter 12 The Wrong Campaign Chapter 13 The Iraq War Resolution Chapter 14 Conclusion Chapter 15 Appendix A Chapter 16 Appendix B Chapter 17 Appendix C Chapter 18 Appendix D Chapter 19 Bibliography Chapter 20 Index