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Beslutet om invasion i Irak år 2003

Dahlgren, Gustav LU (2009) STVK01 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
Bush administration´s main arguments to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003, raises many questions. The allegations that Iraq possessed illicit weapons of mass destruction (WMD) when the invasion took place has not been verified and forces have still not found any WMD in Iraq (today August 2009). In retrospect, it was recognized by the CIA that it had almost been completely wrong about intelligence on WMD. Other allegations, that Iraq had a partnership with al Qaeda before the invasion, also proved to be wrong. How come, that the Bush administration is reliable on these false, unjustified arguments? This study is about the decision making in the Bush administration before the invasion of Iraq, March 2003. By applying theses about... (More)
Bush administration´s main arguments to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003, raises many questions. The allegations that Iraq possessed illicit weapons of mass destruction (WMD) when the invasion took place has not been verified and forces have still not found any WMD in Iraq (today August 2009). In retrospect, it was recognized by the CIA that it had almost been completely wrong about intelligence on WMD. Other allegations, that Iraq had a partnership with al Qaeda before the invasion, also proved to be wrong. How come, that the Bush administration is reliable on these false, unjustified arguments? This study is about the decision making in the Bush administration before the invasion of Iraq, March 2003. By applying theses about groupthink, you test if this phenomenon occurred in the administration. It examines whether the conditions for groupthink was present and then clearly explaining different events and reactions that could be perceived as symptoms of groupthink. Finally, you clarify the symptoms of incorrect decision-making, which groupthink usually lead to.
The analysis shows a positive result that groupthink occurred in the administration. September 11, 2001 included conditions for the phenomenon and symptoms of groupthink, such as closed-minded, overestimation of the group, and direct pressure on dissenters, which in turn led to a defective decisionmaking for the invasion. (Less)
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author
Dahlgren, Gustav LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
En analys om beslutsprocessen inom Bushadministrationen ur ett groupthinkperspektiv
course
STVK01 20091
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Groupthink, George W Bush, Irakkriget, Colin Powell, 11 september 2001
language
Swedish
id
1459323
date added to LUP
2009-09-21 08:23:35
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2009-09-21 08:23:35
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  abstract     = {Bush administration´s main arguments to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003, raises many questions. The allegations that Iraq possessed illicit weapons of mass destruction (WMD) when the invasion took place has not been verified and forces have still not found any WMD in Iraq (today August 2009). In retrospect, it was recognized by the CIA that it had almost been completely wrong about intelligence on WMD. Other allegations, that Iraq had a partnership with al Qaeda before the invasion, also proved to be wrong. How come, that the Bush administration is reliable on these false, unjustified arguments? This study is about the decision making in the Bush administration before the invasion of Iraq, March 2003. By applying theses about groupthink, you test if this phenomenon occurred in the administration. It examines whether the conditions for groupthink was present and then clearly explaining different events and reactions that could be perceived as symptoms of groupthink. Finally, you clarify the symptoms of incorrect decision-making, which groupthink usually lead to.
The analysis shows a positive result that groupthink occurred in the administration. September 11, 2001 included conditions for the phenomenon and symptoms of groupthink, such as closed-minded, overestimation of the group, and direct pressure on dissenters, which in turn led to a defective decisionmaking for the invasion.},
  author       = {Dahlgren, Gustav},
  keyword      = {Groupthink,George W Bush,Irakkriget,Colin Powell,11 september 2001},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Beslutet om invasion i Irak år 2003},
  year         = {2009},
}