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Cherry-picked intelligence: the weapons of mass destruction dispositive as a legitimation for national security in the post 9/11 age

Geheimdienste mit Scheuklappen: das Dispositiv der Massenvernichtungswaffen als Legitimation für Nationale Sicherheit nach 9/11
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Heide, Liesbeth van der

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Abstract "The Claim that Iraq possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) led to the invasion of frag in 2003 by the US army. For the George W. Bush administration, the likely presence of WMD in Iraq was the major justification for boing to war. However, Bush' opponents suspected he used the WMD-dispositive as a legitimation for an invasion that was already set in motion for different reasons. The Iraq invasion and the underlying ideas about the presence of WMD thus provide a tangible case for the analysis of theories of conspiracy and security. The development of the WMD-dispositive will be contextualized using the toolkit of securitization theory. The article explores the notions of security and conspiracy that were used to build the dispositive and shows how it ultimately failed and turned into a counter-narrative in which the Bush administration itself became the Great Conspirator." (author's abstract)
Keywords Iraq; war; weapon of mass destruction; legitimation; twenty-first century; national security; secret service; United States of America; military intervention; invasion; Bush, G.; fight against terrorism; security; theory; Middle East; discourse; CIA (Central Intelligence Agency); international politics; international security; Asia; Arab countries
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; General History
Method historical; theory application
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 286-307
Journal Historical Social Research, 38 (2013) 1
Issue topic Security and conspiracy in history
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works