Pro to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"(The [United Nations] resolution) did not say if we were to use force we have to go back for yet another resolution, it simply said that we would have to come back to consult the Security Council... As far as we were concerned, there were more ways than one that Iraq continued to not be in compliance.... I don't have any doubt in my mind that we were justified for what we did."
"Negroponte: War in Iraq Justified," by Rhiannon Meyers, thebattalion online, Mar. 9, 2004
[Editor’s Note: John D. Negroponte confirmed and elaborated his "Pro" position in an Aug. 24, 2009 email to ProCon.org stating:
"My position was and is more nuanced and has not changed. Technically, a second UN resolution was not needed to attack Iraq; but we should nonetheless have given the inspection process decided in UNSC Resolution 1441 more time to work. Any inspection system such as the one established by Res. 1441 needed time to get underway and develop a track record. By attacking Iraq a mere four months after 1441 was passed, insufficient time was allowed to develop the information necessary to mobilize international support for our action, especially from members of the Security Council. By going forward without international consensus we undermined the legitimacy of our action."]
Experts Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the US - Iraq conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the US - Iraq conflict.
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Brady-Johnson Distinguished Senior Research Fellow in Grand Strategy and Lecturer in International Affairs, Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University
Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Member, American Academy of Diplomacy
US Deputy Secretary of State, Feb. 13, 2007-Jan. 20, 2009
Director of National Intelligence, 2005-2007
US Ambassador to Iraq, 2004-2005
US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 2001-2004
Executive Vice President for Global Markets, McGraw-Hill Companies, 1997-2001
US Ambassador to the Philippines, 1993-1996
US Ambassador to Mexico, 1989-1993
Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 1987-1989
Assistant Secretary of State, Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, 1985-1987
US Ambassador to Honduras, 1981-1985
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, East Asian and Pacific Affairs, 1980-1981
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Oceans and Fisheries, 1977-1979