James P. Terry, SJD, LLM Biography
||Chairman of the Board of Veteran's Appeals at the Department of Veterans Affairs
||Pro to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"The intervention by the United States and its coalition partners in Iraq in March 2003 must be viewed as a significant historical precedent in the relationship of a major power to the [United Nations] Security Council. Previously, in 1998 in Kosovo, the United States and a coalition largely made up of NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organisation] partners had intervened to rescue and protect the threatened Albanian population from Serb aggression without specific Security Council approval. While the military action in Kosovo could arguably be justified as a humanitarian intervention, the coalition entry into Iraq in 2003 was justified on the basis of repeated violations of UN Security Council resolutions under Chapter VII (authorizing all necessary means) and of the threat to international peace and security in the region and the world community posed by the Saddam Hussein regime as a result thereof."
"A Legal Appraisal of Military Action in Iraq," Naval War College Review, Sep. 22, 2004
|Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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:
||Chairman, Board of Veteran's Appeals, Department of Veterans Affairs, 2005-present
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Regional, Global and Functional Affairs, Bureau of Legislative Affairs, 2001-2005
Former Judge, Board of Land Appeals, Department of the Interior
Former Deputy Director, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Department of the Interior
Legal Counsel to General Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1992-1995
Former Marine Corps Judge Advocate
Received the following medals: State Department Superior Honor Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with combat V, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Defense Achievement Medal
||Graduate, Naval War College, 1986
SJD, George Washington University, 1982
LLM, George Washington University, 1980
Graduate degree, University of Virginia, 1976
JD, Mercer University, 1973
BS, Geo-chemistry, University of Virginia, 1968
||Retired as a Marine Corps Colonel in 1995