Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



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This paper explores the reasoning behind the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan. I argue that the US entered Afghanistan in order to expand Bush’s war on terror. Afghanistan had the necessary state actors and those state actors had an explicit relationship with another. The presence of those actors and their unique relationship gave the Bush adminstration the opportunity to expand the war on terror through the establishment of a legal framework and a supportive media narrative. Overall, Bush went into Afghanistan to not only respond to the 9/11 attacks but to also increase the capacity of a campaign central to his doctrine and ultimately his legacy.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.