Iraq & Just-war Thinking

The presumption against the use of force

The Washington view about war with Iraq has moved precipitously from "a rumor of war" to "foregone conclusion." Although prominent policy makers, including Republicans, have questioned the wisdom of the Bush administration’s call for regime change, many end their remarks with, "the president has yet to make the case"-anticipating, of course, that he will.

No one can pretend that just-war principles have ever governed U.S. foreign...

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About the Author

George A. Lopez is director of policy studies and senior fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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