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Lee H. Hamilton, JD Biography
||Former Co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group
||Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"Major U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges," Speech at Claremont College, Nov. 12, 2002
"Saddam Hussein is an evil leader who has invaded neighboring countries, attacked Israel, killed or imprisoned thousands of his own people, defied numerous UN resolutions, sought weapons of mass destruction, and used chemical weapons against his own people and Iran. There is no doubt that an Iraq disarmed of its weapons of mass destruction is in the interest of the Middle East and the world. But there have been many questions as to how imminent the threat from Iraq is to the U.S., and whether it is just or legal for the U.S. to attack a country that has not attacked us.
The Bush administration has argued that we must act preemptively to prevent Iraq from obtaining nuclear weapons and threatening the peace of the region and the world, and that Iraq stands in violation of international law by possessing weapons of mass destruction against UN Security Council resolutions. Preemptive action would remove the threat from Iraq and enforce international law.
If tightly applied and monitored, preemption has a place in American national security. But it must be applied carefully. We should establish clear guidelines for taking action, and make an effort to work with our friends and allies."
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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:
||Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1999-present
Co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, 2006
Vice-Chairman, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9-11 Commission), 2002-2004
US Congressman (D-IN), 1965-1999
Member, Advisory Council for the US Department of Homeland Security
Co-Chairman, Independent Task Force on Immigration and America's Future
Co-Chairman, President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
Commissioner, United States Commission on National Security in the 21st Century (the Hart-Rudman Commission)
Co-Chair, Baker-Hamilton Commission to Investigate Certain Security Issues at Los Alamos
Commissioner, Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform
Chairman and Ranking Member, Committee on International Relations
Chairman, Subcommittee on Europe and Middle East
Chairman, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, 99th Congress
Chairman, Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, 100th Congress
Chairman, October Surprise Task Force
Chairman, Joint Economic Committee, 101st Congress
Chairman, Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress
Member, House Standards of Official Conduct Committee
||JD, Indiana University School of Law, 1956
Goethe University, Germany, 1952-1953
BA, DePauw University, 1952