April 9, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Why We're Fighting

Book Review: "The War Over Iraq: Saddam's Tyranny and America's Mission," by Lawrence F. Kaplan and William Kristol

[This is the article I spent the weekend writing. It appears today on the Web site of FrontPage Magazine.]

With U.S. troops currently engaged in Baghdad, it would be an understatement to call "The War Over Iraq: Saddam's Tyranny and America's Mission" timely. The frequency and vehemence of antiwar protests may have lessened somewhat since hostilities commenced, but Americans continue to question why the United States is undertaking a regime change in Iraq. In their compelling book, authors Lawrence F. Kaplan and William Kristol handily answer this and similar questions by first detailing the atrocities of Saddam Hussein's regime, then comparing and contrasting the different approaches that the past three administrations have followed in dealing with Iraq. Finally, they outline the post-9/11 foreign policy of the Bush administration as expressed in the "Bush Doctrine," contending that the war against Iraq is just the first step in a redefinition of America's role in the world. As President Bush vowed before Congress on September 20, 2001, "this country will define our times, not be defined by them."

Read the full review on FrontPage Magazine's Web site.


Development note: I've noticed that this site doesn't look like it should in Netscape Navigator. Rather than waste time jury-rigging it to look right in a soon-to-be-obsolete browser, I'll just add the cliché "This site best viewed with Internet Explorer."
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