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The Road to IraqThe Making of a Neoconservative War$
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Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693023

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693023.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
The Road to Iraq

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter introduces readers to the key players who shaped the Iraq war policy. It identifies these individuals through the specific role each played in selling the war. It notes that they constitute a network with social ties, ideological coherence and institutional linkages. The chapter argues that the war was not inevitable and public opinion had to be manufactured in support of the war. It also shows that opinion polling might have overstated the true magnitude of support for the war.

Keywords:   Neoconservatism, Iraq War, Public Opinion, Social Networks, Opinion Polling, US Foreign Policy, Flex Net

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