The decision to go to war in Iraq has had historic repercussions throughout the world. The editors of this volume bring together scholarly analysis of the decision-making in the U.S and U.K. that led to the war, inside accounts of CIA decision-making, and key speeches and documents related to going to war. The book presents a fascinating case study of decision-making at the highest levels in the United States and Britain as their leaders planned to go to war in Iraq. Just as the Cuban Missile Crisis has been used for decades as a case study in good decision-making, the decision to go to war in Iraq will be analysed for years to come for lessons about what can go wrong in decisions about war.
The book presents a fascinating and truly comparative perspective on how President Bush and Prime Minister Blair took their countries to war in Iraq. Each had to convince his legislature and public that war was necessary, and both used intelligence in questionable ways to do so. This book brings together some of the best scholarship and most relevant documents on these important decisions that will reverberate for decades to come. -- .
James P. Pfiffner is University Professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. Mark Phythian is Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester -- .
List of tables and figures Acknowledgements Contributors 1. Introduction: policy-making and intelligence on Iraq - James P. Pfiffner and Mark Phythian Part I: Intellectual antecedents of the Iraq War 2. The neoconservative roots of the war in Iraq - John Dumbrell 3. The origins of the British decision to go to war: Tony Blair, humanitarian intervention and the 'New Doctrine of the International Community' - Jim Whitman Part II: The public case for war 4. Did President Bush mislead the country in his arguments for war with Iraq? - James P. Pfiffner 5. The British road to war: decision-making, intelligence and the case for war in Iraq - Mark Phythian 6. Australian use of intelligence and the case for war in Iraq - Rodney Tiffen 7. The Iraq War and the management of American public opinion - John Mueller Part III: Intelligence failure 8. Intelligence collection and analysis on Iraq: issues for the intelligence community - Richard Kerr, Thomas Wolfe, Rebecca Donegan, and Aris Pappas 9. The politics and psychology of intelligence and intelligence reform - Robert Jervis 10. Congress, the Iraq War, and the failures of intelligence oversight - Loch K. Johnson 11. Flawed intelligence, limited oversight: official inquiries into pre-war UK intelligence on Iraq - Mark Phythian Part IV: Policy failure 12. Decision-making, intelligence, and the Iraq War - James P. Pfiffner 13. Intelligence, policy, and the war in Iraq - Paul R. Pillar Part V: Excerpts from key speeches and documents concerning the war Appendix A: Excerpts from key U.S. speeches before the war in Iraq Appendix B: Excerpts from key UK speeches and documents before the war in Iraq Appendix C: October 2002 National Intelligence estimate: key judgments (excerpts) Appendix D: Excerpts from post-war U.S. investigations Appendix E: Letter to George Tenet from U.S. intelligence professionals, 28 April 2007 -- .