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Threat Inflation and the Failute of the Marketplace of Ideas: the Selling of the Iraq War

1 January 2004
Middle East and North Africa

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Threat Inflation and the Failute of the Marketplace of Ideas: the Selling of the Iraq War

This article discusses the question of threat inflation of the War in Iraq, with its theoretical and policy implications. Although the Iraq debate is certainly not the first instance of threat inflation in the United States or other democracies, it matters whether this episode should be considered an uncommon exception to the rule that democratic marketplaces of ideas can usually restrain policies based on dubious claims and rationales, or whether there is a risk of repeated equally severe failures, perhaps with much higher costs for U.S. national security.


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