Academic scholar James Fearon makes the claim that, “...because war is costly, a settlement that all sides prefer to war generally exists.”(Rationalist Explanati...
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...r did significant damage to his presidency and caused his Republican Party to lose control of Congress to the Democratic Party in 2006. It also helped propel Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D) to winning the Presidency in 2008 against fervent Iraq War supporter Arizona Senator John McCain (R), giving Democrats control of both Congress and the White House for the first time since the Clinton administration. As a result of these elections the U.S. is prepared to withdraw from Iraq by early 2011. In a post 9/11 world, where world politics is shifting to the realist paradigm, the decision to go war is magnified in its power to shape world events. The Iraq War has become an example of how the U.S. wants to use its power to preserve its interests. The U.S. has shown itself to be more aggressive to protect its collective security, wealth and power in the international arena.
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