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Slow Burn: The Iraq War – S5 Ep.3: Mushroom Clouds

26/05/2021

May 05, 2021

How weapons of mass destruction became the Bush administration’s rallying cry for war.

To start a war of choice, you need a casus belli—a case for war. Why did the Bush administration settle on weapons of mass destruction as its case for war? And how did it make that case to the American people?

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About the Show

In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq without provocation. Most Americans supported the war—as did most politicians and intellectuals, both liberal and conservative. Today, it’s universally considered a disaster.

Hosted by award-winning reporter Noreen Malone, the fifth season of Slow Burn explores the people and ideas that propelled the country into the Iraq war, and the institutions that failed to stop it. How did the Iraq catastrophe happen? And what was it like to watch America make one of its most consequential mistakes?

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