Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-185) and index.
The attacks of 9/11 pre-empted a war against the nation of Iraq, although there was no clear-cut evidence that the nation's leader Saddam Hussein was linked to Osama Bin Laden's Baath Party. Five years later, with the execution of Saddam Hussein and no proof of weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. is still embroiled in a war with Iraq. Why would such a war garner so much acceptance in its primary stages? This book offers empirical evidence that the deceptive rhetoric of the Bush administration actually manufactured US public support of invading Iraq. Bonn examines a theoretical position that the war was legitimized by an elite-engineered moral panic precipitated by the Bush administration and reinforced by the news media which exploited pre-existing negative stereotypes of Arabs and influenced public opinion on support for the invasion of Iraq. Bonn also asserts that the Bush administration is guilty of elite deviance, stating that moral panic constitutes elite deviance and the invasion and occupation of Iraq are state crimes in violation of international law. (source: Nielsen Book Data)