Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the University of Michigan
Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"My position on the war was in fact very complex. I thought it was a terrible idea, but declined to come out against it because I believed that if Saddam's genocidal regime could be removed by the international community in a legal way, that some good would have been accomplished. But the bottom line is that I thought a war would be legal only if the United Nations Security Council authorized it."
"Cole on Iraq, 2002-2003," Informed Comment, June 12, 2005