Pro to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"Tim, we said from the outset that there are several terrorist networks that have global reach and that there were several countries that were harboring terrorists that have global reach. We weren't going into Iraq when we were hit in [sic] September 11. And the question is: Well, what do you do about that?
If you know there are terrorists and you know there's terrorist states - Iraq's been a terrorist state for decades - and you know there are countries harboring terrorists, we believe, correctly, I think, that the only way to deal with it is - you can't just hunker down and hope they won't hit you again. You simply have to take the battle to them."
Interview with Tim Russert, Meet the Press, Nov. 2, 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.
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21st US Secretary of Defense, 2001-2006
Chairman, US Ballistic Missile Threat Commission, 1998
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), General Instrument Corporation, 1990-1993
Member, Board of Visitors, National Defense University, 1988-1992
Member, President's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control, 1982-1986
Senior Advisor, President's Panel on Strategic Systems, 1983-1984
Member, US Joint Advisory Commission on US-Japan Relations, 1983-1984
Special Presidential Envoy to the Middle East, 1983-1984
CEO, President, and then Chairman, G.D. Searle & Co., 1977-1985
Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1977
13th US Secretary of Defense, 1975-1977
Chief of Staff, George H.W. Bush White House, 1974-1975
Chairman, transition to the Presidency of Gerald R. Ford, 1974
US Ambassador, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), 1973-1974