Voter Ignorance and the War in Iraq Research Paper by write123

Voter Ignorance and the War in Iraq
This paper explores how the public's ignorance was used to justify the war in Iraq and the fight against Al Qaeda.
# 106308 | 3,091 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 30, 2008 in Political Science (U.S.) , Political Science (Terrorism) , Hot Topics (Iraq Wars)

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The paper explores the general population's perception of the intervention in Iraq and deals with the phenomenon of voter ignorance in America. The paper looks at issues related to Islam and Al Qaeda from the point of view of ideology, mission and values and identifies the political context and the different approaches presented in the US at the time of going to war. The paper shows clearly how voter ignorance and political battles in the US allowed the Bush administration to garner wide support for the war in Iraq.

From the Paper:

"The war in Iraq is viewed as being one of the most controversial decisions of the US foreign policy of the last decade. There have been numerous discussions over the morality of the intervention on a sovereign territory, without the agreement of the United Nations and, in the end, without a plausible reason for attack. Nonetheless, by 2003, the US led coalition had entered Iraq under the argument of the existence of the weapons of mass destruction. Still, to this day, it is a rather questionable issue the actual existence of the weapons; therefore, there is no full legitimacy of the intervention in a sovereign country."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Benjamin, Daniel, Steven Simon. The Age of Sacred Terror. Random House, 2002.
  • Berman, Paul. "The Philosopher of Islamic Terror". The New York Times. March 23, 2003. Accessed 5 December 2007, available from
  • Ciepley, David. "Democracy Despite Voter Ignorance: a Weberian Reply to Somin and Friedman". Critical Review. Winter-Spring 1999 (Vol.13 Nos.1-2)
  • Connelly, Marjorie. The Iraq War in Polls Over 4 Years. March 19, 2007. Accessed 5 December 2007, available from
  • Dolan, Chris J., "The Bush Doctrine and U.S. Intervention". American Diplomacy. Volume IX, Number 2, 2004 .

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