Now Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"I thought it was a war of choice, and it was a bad choice, and it was going to distract and distort American foreign policy. But, as history shows, and as you know as well as anybody, people like me were in a distinct minority, and did not prevail."
Interview with Chris Matthews, Hardball, www.msnbc.com, May 6, 2009
[Editor's Note: Prior to Richard Haass' May 6, 2009 Con position statement made above, his position was Pro as indicated in his Mar. 7, 2003 interview with Charlie Rose below.]
"Richard Haass: ...Saddam Hussein has destroyed his own country, he's squandered its resources. What we're seeing potentially here is the opportunity to give Iraqis the future that they've been denied now for several decades.
Charlie Rose: How do you avoid the impression among some that it is, in fact, an occupation and everybody in the Middle East, regardless of their religious affiliation, does not want to see the most powerful country in the world occupying any country in the region.
Richard Haass: I can understand that. I think one of the ways you'll see it is when the Iraqi people, I would predict, look fairly happy that they've been liberated. I think that will go some ways toward calming people's fears...
It's our hope to have this move along as quickly as is possible. The whole idea here is to empower Iraqis to run their own country. We're not after this for Iraqi oil. We're not after this to be an occupying power. To the contrary, this is about a liberation and as quickly as Iraqis are able to take care of themselves and their own country, they will have that full opportunity."
Interview with Charlie Rose, www.charlierose.com, Mar. 7, 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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President, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), 2003-present
Director of Policy Planning and Principal Adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell, US Department of State, 2001-2003
US Coordinator, Afghanistan policy
Special Assistant to President George H.W. Bush and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs, National Security Council, 1989-1993
Recipient, Presidential Citizens Medal, for contributions to the development and articulation of US policy during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1991
Staff, US Department of State, 1981-1985
Staff, US Department of Defense, 1979-1980
Former Legislative Aide, US Senate
Former Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institution
Former Sol M. Linowitz Visiting Professor of International Studies, Hamilton College
Former Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Former Lecturer in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Former Research Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Recipient, US State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, for work on the Northern Ireland peace process