Rosenthal, Joel
June 2004
Naval War College Review;Summer/Autumn2004, Vol. 57 Issue 3/4, p91
Academic Journal
The article informs that the in launching a campaign to disarm and liberate Iraq, the United States has crossed, some say hurdled across, two thresholds-one strategic, the other diplomatic. Strategically, the United States delivered on its promise to act in self-defense, absent an actual or even imminent armed attack, against threats from weapons of mass destruction. That moral climate for the use of military force is defined by two factors. The first is radical asymmetry in political, economic, and military power between the United States and the rest of the world, the second is a robust resort to moralist, high moral rhetoric, and the moral motivation that accompanies ideological struggle.


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