Law Professor at the Vanderbilt University Law School
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"To close observers, it soon became clear that pre-invasion assumptions about the ease with which Iraq could suddenly become an island of prosperity and peace by transitioning into institutionalized norms of democratic governance had melted like ice in the withering summer heat. The Bush administration had pointedly decided early on that the U.S. military should not be in the business of 'nation building.' American planners had spent the most time on what turned out to be the least difficult task- defeating the Iraqi army. Very little planning had been devoted to the most daunting challenge- building a new democratic Iraq in the face of a mounting insurgency. The paradox of prewar planning was that there were far too few U.S. forces to secure and protect the hundreds of suspected weapons of mass destruction (WMD) sites, much less to prevent WMDs from being smuggled out of Iraq or being transferred to the terrorist groups; the preemption of such transfers had been one of the very purposes for the war."
Cowritten with Michael Scharf, Enemy of the State: Inside the Trial of Saddam Hussein, 2008
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:
Professor of the Practice of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School, 2002-present
Senior Editor, Terrorism International Case Law Reporter
Member, International Institute of Humanitarian Law
Member, American Society of International Law
International Law Advisor, Judicial Chambers, Iraqi High Tribunal, 2006, 2007
Assistant then Associate Law Professor, Department of Law, US Military Academy, 2002-2005
Senior Advisor to the US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Office of War Crimes Issues, US Department of State, 2001-2002
Special Advisor to the US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Office of War Crimes Issues, US Department of State, 1999-2000
Professor of International and Operational Law, Judge Advocate General's School, 1996-1999
Former US Representative, UN Planning Mission for the Sierra Leone Special Court