The impact of the war in Iraq on the American political scene

The Iraqi question does not occupy the same space in media and politics in Europe and in the United States. Whereas Europeans were still debating over the legitimacy of the American intervention, the war in Iraq has occupied a relatively unimportant space in the American presidential campaign. The war had been well sold, its calendar had been efficiently set; the sinking and the tortures have not been enough to alter the image of a determined President, the only shield against terrorism. The Democrats have not succeeded to emphasise the human and financial costs of the war. The Supreme Court and Congress, no more than the press, have played their part of counterweight. The war in Iraq has eventually contributed to strengthening the image of G. W. Bush and presidential powers. – Summary AFRI-2005