Wars and Ideas

July 5, 2004 | The New Yorker |

Senior Fellow George Packer explores how the Iraq war has always been a war about big ideas — including some very bad ideas.

Only two serious, and competing, versions of the Iraq war's meaning are left standing: one, that this is a war against tyranny and for democracy; the other, that this is a war of American domination. It's about liberalism, or it's about imperialism.