University of Virginia professor Melvyn Leffler believes the common critique of the Bush administration’s motivations for going to war is simplistic.
Leffler gave a lecture Monday in Hamilton Hall, “George W. Bush & Saddam Hussein: Why Did the U.S. Go to War Against Iraq in March 2003?” as a part of a series put on by the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professorship called “The U.S. in World Affairs: The Cold War & Beyond.”
Klaus Larres, who holds the professorship, said he wanted to bring Leffler to UNC as part of an effort to engage students in foreign relations and critical thinking about U.S. foreign policy.
“(Students) can have an interaction with eminent scholars they may not usually meet,” Klaus said. “They will have the possibility to challenge them and ask them things in the Q&A session.”
Leffler introduced his view by saying that he wanted to complicate the critique of the Bush administration, and he defended the administration’s fears regarding Hussein.