Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"A bloody struggle for Baghdad would undoubtedly produce alarm and discomfort in the United States, undermining popular support for Bush and his policies. It would also inflame passions throughout the Muslim world, especially if many Iraqi civilians are killed by American or Israeli forces. And it would greatly complicate the task of governing Iraq once US forces smashed their way into Baghdad's center, leaving much of it in ruins. Given these dangers, it is absolutely essential that Congress and the American people thoroughly debate the wisdom of attacking Iraq and the likely costs and benefits of the Administration's favored invasion plan. Anyone who can remember or has studied the onset of the Vietnam imbroglio knows this much: The United States entered Vietnam without a national debate on the merits and methods of engagement, and the end result was a sheer, unmitigated catastrophe. We must not let this happen again."
"War Plans and Pitfalls," The Nation, Oct. 21, 2002
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:
Director, Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), 1985-present
Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Director, Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC, 1977-1984
Member of the Board of Directors, Arms Control Association
Member, National Council of the Federation of American Scientists
Member of the Advisory Board, Arms Division of Human Rights Watch
Member, Committee on International Security Studies of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences