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Balance SheetThe Iraq War and U.S. National Security$
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John S. Duffield and Peter J. Dombrowski

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760133

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760133.001.0001

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Are We Safer Now?

Are We Safer Now?

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Balance Sheet
Peter J. Dombrowski

John S. Duffield

Stanford University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the impact of the Iraq War on U.S. national security. It provides an overall evaluation of the costs and benefits of the war, and suggests that the costs are likely to outweigh the benefits by a significant degree. The chapter considers other courses of action that the administration of President George W. Bush might plausibly have pursued, and argues that all of the alternatives would most likely have resulted in a more favorable balance of costs and benefits. It also discusses the implications of the war for future U.S. policy.

Keywords:   Iraq War, national security, costs and benefits, George W. Bush, U.S. policy

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