John Reid, PhD Biography
||Former Secretary of State for the Home Department, United Kingdom (UK)
||Pro to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"When this report [July 18, 2005 report published by the Royal Institute of International Affairs] says that we have made ourselves more of a target because of our involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq and our efforts to tackle al Qaeda, what alternative is it proposing?... That we should stand back while others take on the terrorists?...
We make no apology for working with our international partners, including the U.S., on operations which we judge to be in the best interests of the U.K. and the world."
"Ties to U.S. Made Britain Vulnerable, Report Says," Washington Post, July 18, 2005
|Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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:
||Secretary of State for the Home Department, UK, 2006-2007
Member of Parliament (MP) for the Scottish constituency of Airdrie and Shotts, UK
Secretary of State for Defense, UK, 2005-2006
Secretary of State for Health, UK, 2003-2005
Leader of the House of Commons, UK, Mar.-June 2003
Chairman of the Labour Party and Minister Without Portfolio, UK, 2002
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, 2001-2002
Secretary of State for Scotland, UK, 1999-2001
Minister of State for Transport, UK, 1998-1999
Minister of State for Defense, UK, 1997-1998
Former Staff, Department of Health, UK
Organised Scottish Trade Unionists for Labour, 1986-1987
Political Adviser to Neil Kinnock, Leader of the Opposition and Labour Party, 1983-1985
Research Officer for the Labour Party, 1979-1983
||PhD , Economic History, Stirling University
BA, History, Stirling University
||Parliamentary Posts: Opposition Spokesman on Children, Opposition Spokesman on Defense
Born in 1947 in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland