chapter  9
The war over Iraq: Selling war to the American public
ByJON WESTERN
Pages 21

This chapter examines how, in the absence of any link between Iraq and the events of September 11, President George W. Bush was able to lead the United States into a preventive war against Iraq with such widespread public and political support. How was he able to build and sustain broad public and political support for military action against Saddam Hussein as part of the war on terror despite no factual link between Iraq and the September 11 attacks and despite the existence of counterarguments on the anticipated consequences of postwar occupation?