To start a war of choice, you need a casus belli—a case for war. Why did the Bush administration settle on weapons of mass destruction as its case for war? And how did it make that case to the American people?
Season 5 of Slow Burn is produced by Noreen Malone, Jayson De Leon, and Sophie Summergrad. Mixing by Merritt Jacob.
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