Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin
Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"...Iraq isn't going to be like World War II. Economically, the Iraq war is more like Vietnam: insidiously underestimated, sold to the public and Congress on false premises, improperly budgeted and inadequately taxed. During the Vietnam years, there was also economic growth at first. But then came creeping inflation, followed by worldwide commodity shocks, the oil crisis of 1973, international monetary disorder and a decade of economic troubles. Could it happen again? Yes, it could. Did Team Bush think through the economics of a long and costly war? There is no evidence it did."
"War in Iraq Aims a Bullet at the Heart of the Economy," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 26, 2004
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:
Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations, and Professor of Government, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin
Director, PhD Program in Public Policy, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, 1995-1997
Guest Scholar, Brookings Institution, 1985
Executive Director, Joint Economic Committee of Congress, 1981-1982
Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute
Chair of the Board, Economists for Peace and Security
Director, University of Texas Inequality Project
Writer, "Econoclast," Mother Jones
Commentator, Public Radio International's show Marketplace