Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Bush administration has used 27 rationales for war in Iraq, study says

Devon Largio wanted to understand why we went to war in Iraq, and so she analyzed 11 months of White House statements and media reporting, looking for rationales used to justify the war. She found that the Bush administration has used 27 rationales for war in Iraq, and she tracked how often certain keywords were used over time. She found that after the State of the Union at the end of January, the administration mentioned Osama bin Laden less and less at the same time they were talking about Saddam Hussein more and more. This is consistent with that not-that-concerned-with-Osama statement Bush made March 13, just six months after the attacks in New York.

The article I linked has a nice summary, and a link to the full 212-page paper in PDF format.
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