Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"In late 2002, as the Bush administration prepared for war, then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell tasked Crocker and Assistant Secretary of State William Burns with exploring the risks of military intervention. The result was a six-page memo they entitled 'The Perfect Storm,' according to an account in Washington Post reporter Karen DeYoung's biography Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell.
The memo bluntly predicted that toppling Hussein could unleash long-repressed sectarian and ethnic tensions, that the Sunni minority would not easily relinquish power, and that powerful neighbors such as Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia would try to move in to influence events. It also cautioned that the United States would have to start from scratch building a political and economic system because Iraq's infrastructure was in tatters."
"A Diplomat Who Loves The Really Tough Jobs," by Robin Wright, Washington Post, Jan. 11, 2007
Experts PhD's, JD's (lawyers), Judges, Members of Congress, Ambassadors, Consulate Generals, heads of government, Cabinet-level positions, military generals/admirals, Chief Weapons Inspectors, members of legislative bodies with significant involvement in, or related to, the US - Iraq conflict. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
US Ambassador to Iraq, 2007-present
US Ambassador to Pakistan, 2004-2007
International Affairs Adviser, National War College, 2003-2004
Director of Governance, Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003
Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, Whitman College, 2001
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, 2001-2003
US Ambassador to Syria, 1998-2001
US Ambassador to Kuwait, 1994-1997
US Ambassador to Lebanon, 1982, 1983, 1990-1993
Recipient, State Department Distinguished Honor Award, 1994
Recipient, Award for Valor
Recipient, three Superior Honor Awards
Recipient, American Foreign Service Association Rivkin Award