chapter  4
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Infighting in Washington: The Impact of Bureaucratic Politics on US Iraq

ByJohn Davis

Long before the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and most certainly

in its aftermath, critics of the American intervention have incessantly critiqued

the omnipresence of bureaucratic infighting that governed the prewar and post-

reconstruction phases.1 As a result of this discourse there is sufficient evidence to

support the contention that the administration of George W. Bush’s policy in Iraq

is a by-product of bureaucratic politics. The focus of this study is to illustrate that

bureaucratic politics was also a feature of the policies of the administrations of

George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The essence of this study is to delineate the

degree and at what levels did bureaucratic infighting play in the evolution of US

foreign policy in Iraq.