Season 21, Episode 13 The War Behind Closed Doors

First Aired: February 20, 2003

“The War Behind Closed Doors” explores the 10-year gestation of what producer Michael Kirk calls the Bush administration's “doctrine of preemption” in foreign policy, focusing on the officials most significantly associated with it: Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and their top aides, I. Lewis Libby and Paul Wolfowitz, respectively. The policy in a nutshell is that “the U.S. has a responsibility to dominate the world's hot spots,” says Kirk, and that “Iraq is a demonstration project” of it. Interviewees include Weekly Standard editor William Kristol; Pentagon adviser Richard Perle; and Kenneth Pollack, a Clinton-administration national-security adviser and the author of “The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq.” Will Lyman narrates.