Director of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute
Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"The whole urgency of going into Iraq does not really hold water. They still haven’t found these elusive weapons of mass destruction. In my mind there is no question that Saddam had chemical and biological weapons, but the administration never established that invasion was the best way to contain them. All they can tell us now is that they are going to keep looking, which is what the U.N. was doing before the invasion...In Iraq we certainly had the opportunity before the war started to use smart sanctions to build an internal opposition. It would have taken a lot more time. It would have been more challenging, but I think in the end it would have been less damaging to our relationships in that region and to our relations with European allies that we need if we are going to deal with terrorism."
"Security After 9/11, Strategy Choices and Budget Tradeoffs," The Beat, University of Boston, 2005