WAR OF THE HAPPY IRAQIS

WAR OF THE HAPPY IRAQIS: Howard Fineman believes President Bush is waging his presidency, the global economy and American credibilty on the assumption that Iraqis be thrilled to be liberated and thus retroactively legitimate the war effort. While, clearly, it would be a terrific public relations coup if Iraqis are dancing in the streets when this is over–and I believe they will indeed do so–that is not primarily what this war is about. Further, a quick, relatively bloodless war will bolster Bush’s domestic popularity and allow the economy to regenerate regardless of the Iraqi reaction.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.