Culpability of Bush and the American Public in the Lead Up to the Iraq War

I am currently researching whether or not Bush and his administration mislead the American public regarding the evidence they put forth to justify the war in Iraq. This topic is incredibly relevant because the actions of the Bush Administration directly affect the current relationship between the Executive Office and the American people, as well as America’s standing abroad.

Scholars who have evaluated this question have overwhelming concluded that the Bush Administration mislead the America public in an attempt to try and garner support for the war. Most scholars argue that the Bush Administration not only emphasized the possibility that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but also sometimes presented the evidence of WMDs as unquestionable. Additionally, the administration made sweeping claims about Iraq’s connection to al Qaeda often times presenting inconclusive evidence as fact. Most of the scholarly articles on this subject conclude that it was Bush and his allies who were at fault for leading the country into war over false pretenses. However, given the unsteady nature of the country post 9/11, the American people were thirsting for a rhetoric that solidified American strength and made the country feel secure again. Many scholars are too quick to place the whole blame on the Bush Administration, when in reality the system of checks and balances can’t work if the people aren’t doing their own duty in critically analyzing a decisions as consequential as going to war. While Bush’s administration should be held responsible for their careless actions in the lead up to the Iraq War, the American people should also question their own culpability in allowing their leader to manipulate their uncertainty and fear into a universal acceptance of his position.


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