Director of Research at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Pro to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"As I will explain over the course of this book [The Threatening Storm], I believe that the last option, a full-scale invasion, has unfortunately become our best option-or at least our 'least bad' option. To understand these different courses of action, to explain why I believe an invasion is the United States' best course, and to help the reader make up his or her own mind, this book is organized into three parts. The first part presents a brief description of Iraqi history and U.S. involvement in the Persian Gulf, a short biographical sketch of Saddam Hussein, and the history of U.S.-Iraqi relations since 1979. The second part provides an overview of Iraq today, the nature of Saddam's totalitarianism, the threat that Iraq presents to the region and the United States, and a summary of how the different states of the Middle East see Iraq. The final part of the book then assesses each of the policy options in turn, drawing on the background provided in Parts I and II to explain the benefits and liabilities of each."
"Introduction: The Problem of Iraq," The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq, 2003
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.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Director of Research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, the Brookings Institute
Member, Task Force on Terrorism, Council on Foreign Relations
Chairman, Roundtable on Terrorism, Council on Foreign Relations
Staff, National Security Council
Director for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, 2001-2002
Director for Persian Gulf Affairs, National Security Council, 1999-2001
Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs, National Security Council, 1995-1996
Senior Research Professor, National Defense University, 1998-1999, 2001
Iran-Iraq Military Analyst, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), 1988-1995
Former Senior Research Professor, Institute for National Strategic Studies of the National Defense University
Former Research Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Recipient, CIA Exceptional Performance Award (two times)
Recipient, CIA's Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Performance of Duty