Accession Number:

ADA523240

Title:

The Trouble with Mixed Motives: Debating the Political, Legal, and Moral Dimensions of Intervention

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

In the aftermath of the Iraq war and transfer to Iraqi authority, a bitter debate persists over the motives for the war and the reasons for the transatlantic antipathy it engendered. There are those who argue that moral talk coming out of the White House represents a fig leaf for realpolitik, a change in tactics after the failure to find evidence of Saddam Husseins weapons of mass destruction. Why had President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair, both known for their moral personal philosophies and foreign policies, relied primarily on legal and threat-based justifications Why did they leave until the eleventh hour the moral argument about Saddams brutish behavior toward the Iraqi people Does the timing of various justifications belie their validity

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE