Did President Bush Mislead the Country in His Arguments for War with Iraq?
Version of Record online: 18 FEB 2004
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 25–46, March 2004
How to Cite
Pfiffner, J. P. (2004), Did President Bush Mislead the Country in His Arguments for War with Iraq?. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 34: 25–46. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-5705.2004.00032.x
- Issue online: 18 FEB 2004
- Version of Record online: 18 FEB 2004
President Bush has been accused by some in the popular press of lying in his arguments for taking the United States to war with Iraq in 2003. This article examines several sets of statements by President Bush and his administration: first, about the implication that there was a link between Saddam Hussein, al Qaeda, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11; second, about Iraq's nuclear weapons capacity; and third, about Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapons and his ability to deliver them. Although the record at this early date is far from complete, the article concludes that from publicly available evidence, the president misled the country in important ways, potentially undermining the trust of the citizenry.