Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"From Beirut to Kashmir, conflict and areas of instability abound. Yet, as you well know, this region with 630-some million people, the cradle of Western civilization, is of critical importance to our nation and the world.
The situation in Iraq is serious and clearly in need of new and different actions.
The situation in Iraq will not be resolved solely through military means. Security is but one aspect of what must be a comprehensive effort to address not only this issue, but economic development and a reinvigorated participatory political process in Iraq, by Iraqis."
US Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing on US Central Command Nomination, Jan. 30, 2007
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:
Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow, Center for Intnational Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2008-present
Commander, US Central Command (CENTCOM), 2007-2008
Admiral, US Navy
Commander, US Pacific Command, 2005-2007
Commander, US Fleet Forces Command and US Atlantic Fleet, 2003-2005
31st Vice Chief of Naval Operations, 2000-2003
Commander, Second Fleet and Commander, Striking Fleet Atlantic, 1997-2000
Former Deputy Director for Operations, Joint Task Force, Southwest Asia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Recipient, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal
MA, International Studies, Old Dominion University
Graduate of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island
Graduate of the National War College in Washington, DC
Assigned as Commander, Carrier Group Eight, deployed to the Mediterranean as Commander, Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group and commanded Battle Force Sixth Fleet (CTF 60) during NATO's combat Operation Deliberate Force in Bosnia, 1995
Commanded Attack Squadron Sixty Five embarked in USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Medium Attack Wing One at NAS Oceana, VA, and Carrier Air Wing Eight in USS Theodore Roosevelt during a combat deployment to the Arabian Gulf for Operation Desert Storm, 1991
Served in flying assignments with Attack Squadrons and Carrier Air Wings for twenty-four years, deploying to the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans embarked in USS Saratoga, USS Ranger, USS Nimitz, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and USS Theodore Roosevelt
Began Naval Aviation service flying in the RA-5C Vigilante with a combat deployment to Vietnam
Replaced retiring General John Abizaid as Commander of US CENTCOM