Event Title

US Foreign Policy Iraq: How the Greed of a Few Outweighed the Future of Many

Presenter Information

Justin Montgomery, Political Science

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Sheryl Shirley

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

5-3-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

5-3-2018 4:00 PM

Abstract

Understanding The Iraq War Using Multiple Analytical Perspectives On the 30th of March 2003, the United States shook the streets of Baghdad with a "shock and awe" invasion of Iraq. The U.S. decision to invade Iraq has been examined by many political scientists and intelligence analysts. They have alleged the U.S. decision to invade is best explained using a Groupthink analytical model. This model has largely helped to perpetuate a false narrative rather than explain the reasons for the war and its catastrophic outcome. Researching and investigating primary sources, including declassified documents and secondary peer reviewed sources which include media and critique of the invasion of Iraq, suggests using an alternative perspective will help us better understand the motivations leading to U.S. involvement in the Iraq war. While Groupthink models do not provide strong explanations of the Iraq war, the analysis in this study shows the Elite theory model reveals that the greed of a few outweighed the future interests of those in the region.

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US Foreign Policy Iraq: How the Greed of a Few Outweighed the Future of Many

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Understanding The Iraq War Using Multiple Analytical Perspectives On the 30th of March 2003, the United States shook the streets of Baghdad with a "shock and awe" invasion of Iraq. The U.S. decision to invade Iraq has been examined by many political scientists and intelligence analysts. They have alleged the U.S. decision to invade is best explained using a Groupthink analytical model. This model has largely helped to perpetuate a false narrative rather than explain the reasons for the war and its catastrophic outcome. Researching and investigating primary sources, including declassified documents and secondary peer reviewed sources which include media and critique of the invasion of Iraq, suggests using an alternative perspective will help us better understand the motivations leading to U.S. involvement in the Iraq war. While Groupthink models do not provide strong explanations of the Iraq war, the analysis in this study shows the Elite theory model reveals that the greed of a few outweighed the future interests of those in the region.