On Dec. 14, 2011, President Obama proudly proclaimed the “end” to the Iraq war, announcing that “there is something profound about the end of a war that has lasted so long." He was blasted by Sen. John McCain, a strong supporter of fighting to victory in Iraq: "I believe that history will judge this president's leadership with the scorn and disdain it deserves.” For nearly a decade, AEI scholars have written on the conduct of the Iraq war, the foundations of the invasion and the prospects for a postwar Iraq.
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Intelligence politicization has a long history. For almost 50 years, politicians who were overly invested in diplomacy have twisted intelligence to protect their outreach and avoid recognizing that adversaries mean the United States harm.
On Thursday the George W. Bush Presidential Center will be dedicated at Southern Methodist University in Texas. It's a good time to look back on the performance of the 43rd president, who has been almost entirely missing from the public stage these past four years.
Please join us as we reflect on a conflict that helped shape the beginning of the 21st century in American foreign policy. Senator John McCain will be joined by a panel featuring General Jack Keane (ret.) and AEI's Frederick W. Kagan
It won’t surprise anybody who knows Paul to hear that he remains committed to Iraq, persuaded that America made the right choice in 2003, and thoughtful about lessons learned and unlearned.
Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, festering hostility from the war’s opponents threatens to overwhelm the clear merits of dislodging Saddam Hussein from power. AEI Senior Fellow and former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton debunks a few of the prevailing myths.