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- Iraq War : Invasion of Iraq by a coalition of countries, led by the United States, in 2003, and subsequent occupation
- George W. Bush Administration : The policies and acts during the presidency of George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States of America
- Terrorism : An act, with targets including civilians or civilian infrastructure, intended to create an atmosphere of fear in order to obtain a political objective.
- Weapons of mass destruction : Weapons that cause death or injury not primarily through kinetic energy of projectiles or the detonation of conventional explosives, but rather produce large-scale effects greater than possible with the same weight of explosives weapons; by means heat, blast and radiation from nuclear weapon; poisoning by chemical weapon; infectious disease by biological weapons; or acute or chronic radiation syndromes from radiological weapons.
- Iran-Iraq War : War between Iran and Iraq, 1980-1988, with very high casualties on both sides, but an inconclusive result
- Gulf War : The conflict started by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and ended with the liberation of Kuwait and major damage to Iraqi forces, by a US-led UN coalition in 1991.
- Iraq and weapons of mass destruction : Threats, development programs and actual use, of weapons of mass destruction by Iraq, from the 1970s through the Iraq War
- Iraq and terrorism : Add brief definition or description
- George W. Bush : (1946–) 43rd U.S. President (Republican), elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2004.
- Dick Cheney : (1941–) U.S. Vice President in the George W. Bush Administration and advocate of neoconservatism and unitary Presidential authority; currently a political commentator; U.S. Secretary of Defense in the George H. W. Bush Administration; spouse of Lynne Cheney; father of Liz Cheney
- Donald Rumsfeld : U.S. Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush Administration (2001-2008); was the oldest secretary and earlier the youngest secretary in the Administration (1975-1977); major policymaker after the 9-11 attack; advisor, Project for the New American Century
- Neoconservatism : A political philosophy and ideology which combines many traditional conservative opinions with an emphasis on the importance of foreign policy and using American power to push democracy forward.
- Project for the New American Century : neoconservative think tank and interest group, formed, in its words, to promote the foreign policy principles of the Reagan Administration: "a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States' global responsibilities;" actively supported regime change and preventive war in the Middle East
- America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy : A 2006 book by Francis Fukuyama, examining the role of neoconservatism in American foreign policy, its execution by the George W. Bush Administration, and a proposed evolved political philosophy to replace it
- Douglas Feith : An American strategic analyst, associated with neoconservatism, who held posts including Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in 2001-2005, when he advised Donald Rumsfeld on the Iraq War; fellow of the Hudson Institute
- David Frum : An American conservative author and commentator, who advocates renewal of the conservative movement and U.S. Republican Party, and has written in favor of an aggressive policy against terror, including preventive war; fired in March 2010 as Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
- William Kristol : American political scientist, founder of the Weekly Standard, and U.S. Republican Party strategist; board member of Foreign Policy Initiative and Keep America Safe; chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle and U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett; son of Irving Kristol, dean of neoconservatism; contributor to The Weekly Standard and Washington Post; expert list, Middle East Forum
- William Luti : A retired Naval aviator and national security policy analyst, who held significant staff jobs in the George W. Bush Administration under Douglas Feith and then Stephen Hadley, and now is in private industry; hawk and Monty Python devotee
- Richard Perle : An American political scientist who has been an important advisor and facilitator, rather than executive, for U.S. foreign policy and is associated with neoconservatism
- Abram Shulsky : An American national security policy expert, generally associated with an interventionist foreign policy, who headed the Office of Special Plans in the U.S. Department of Defense of the George W. Bush Administration; theoretician of intelligence analysis
- Paul Wolfowitz : An American political scientist and policy-level foreign affairs official, of a neoconservative ideology; resident American Enterprise Institute and on International Security Advisory Board; Deputy Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush Administration; advisor, Project for the New American Century
- David Wurmser : A neoconservative specialist in Middle East policy, who advised Dick Cheney, John Bolton and Douglas Feith in the George W. Bush Administration, as well as writing extensively in favor of interventionist policies in the region; ; advisory board, U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon; co-founder, Middle Eastern Media Review Institute
- Iraqi National Congress : An Iraqi political party, originally in exile, headed by Ahmed Chalabi; does not have any current seats in the National Assembly
- Ahmed Chalabi : An Iraqi politician, who spent much of his time in exile or in Kurdistan, who has declining influence in the current situation but is still regarded as well-connected
- Afghanistan War (2001-) : Beginning on October 7, 2001, in response to the 9-11 attacks, military operations against the Taliban and al-Qaeda by United States and NATO forces
- United States Central Command : Unified Combatant Command responsible for U.S. operations in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, now under the command of General James Mattis