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Blunder: Britain's War in Iraq

Patrick Porter


Why did Britain invade Iraq in March 2003? Debate around Iraq focuses often on illegality, lies, incompetence, or the personal psychology of Tony Blair. ‘Operation Telic’ is often presented as a war of bad faith, waged by elites who had unspeakable secret motives. Beyond fixations with ‘dodgy dossiers’, the flaws of individual leaders, or intelligence failure, Iraq was a real ideological crusade, made by people who were true believers. Deploying primary documents and retrospective testimonies of participants, Blunder reconstructs the assumptions underlying decisions, the policy ‘world’ that pa ... More

Keywords: Iraq, Gulf War, regime change, Anglo-American relationship, Blair, ideas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198807964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807964.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Porter, author
Professor of International Security and Strategy, University of Birmingham

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