President Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"Most wars are unpredictable messes. Their zigs and zags, we are reminded by the Pentagon epistemologist Donald Rumsfeld, are determined by an unstable alchemy of known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. No nation can plan a war perfectly.
Yet in Iraq even the most credulous of Washington insiders had to know before our 2003 invasion that key White House assertions—we could pay for the war out of Iraqi oil revenues; we could secure that vast and raucous country with a little over 100,000 troops—flatly contradicted what almost all civilian and military experts were saying publicly and privately. Much that has gone wrong in Iraq could have been foreseen—and was."
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:
President Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Columnist, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, Op-ed Page Editor, National Security Correspondent, and Diplomatic Correspondent, New York Times, 1981-1993
Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1980-1981
Assistant Secretary of State for Political/Military Affairs, 1977-1979