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Review Essay

Iraq and the Democratic Peace

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Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War

Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War
By EDWARD D. MANSFIELD and JACK SNYDER
MIT Press, 2005, 288 pp. $32.95 Purchase

WHO SAYS DEMOCRACIES DON'T FIGHT?

Seldom if ever has the hostility between academics and the U.S. president been so pronounced. Of course, political scientists always seem to complain about the occupant of the White House, and Republicans fare worse than Democrats: Herbert Hoover was called callous, Dwight Eisenhower a dunce, Richard Nixon evil, Ronald Reagan dangerous, and George H.W. Bush out of touch. But professors have consigned George W. Bush to a special circle of their presidential hell. And the White House seems to return the sentiment.

According to the academics, Bush's chief transgressions have had to do with foreign policy, especially the Iraq war -- a mess that could have been avoided if only the president and his advisers had paid more attention to those who devote their lives to studying international relations.

The irony of this argument is that few other presidents -- certainly none since

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