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Works of Radical Imagination


Despite public outcry at home and international opposition abroad, the Bush Administration deployed troops and invested millions in preparation for a massive military assault on Iraq. In Against War With Iraq, three legal scholars from the Center for Constitutional Rights argue persuasively that the war against Iraq is both unnecessary for national security and illegal. They expose the Bush administration's justifications as pretexts, demonstrate that there is little evidence that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, and argue that inspections were adequate to deal with any possible covert Iraq weapons program. The writers also emphasize that a war with Iraq made the world less safe, the region less stable, and that we in the United States would likely face more terrorism on our own soil as a result. Underlying the Bush administration's drive for war was its desire to dominate the Middle East, control Iraqi oil, and insure United States dominance for many years to come.

Olshansky provides a clear explanation of the meaning of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441 and describes why that resolution did not authorize the U.S. to launch a new war. It explains that the Bush administration's doctrine of preemptive strikes is flatly contrary to international law and may, if carried out, constitute a war crime.


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“As the U.S. pushes for another war that no one seems to want, the Open Media Pamphlet Series has published a clear-eyed analysis that deconstructs, piece by piece, the Bush administration's unconvincing sales pitch for war. A fast read, this potent little book is packed with precisely the information and analysis needed to understand the issues.”


Barbara Olshansky is the Leah Kaplan Distinguished Professor in Human Rights at Stanford University. Previously, she served as deputy legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and director counsel of the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative there. She was one of the lead attorneys in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that resulted in a decision allowing the nearly 600 detainees held at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to challenge their unlawful indefinite detentions. Olshansky is the co-author of The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing George W. Bush from Office, among other titles, and the author of Secret Trials and Executions: Military Tribunals and the Threat to Democracy and Democracy Detained: Secret Unconstitutional Practices in the U.S. War on Terror. She lives in California.