The Not Safe For War 100

A NSFWCORP Special Feature. The definitive list of those who were most responsible for talking America and 48 other coalition countries into the Iraq war. The Not Safe For War 100.

The story of the Iraq War, which began ten years ago this week, can be told through its lists. The Axis of Evil list, the fake evidence listed by Colin Powell in his UN speech, the list of countries in the coalition of the willing, the playing- card hit list, the list of soldiers and civilians killed.

But as we look back at the invasion, one list remains unwritten: The definitive list of those who were most responsible for talking America and 48 other coalition countries into starting a disastrous war. The 100 people who, next time armed conflict seems imminent, must be kept as far away as possible from a podium, microphone, keyboard or battlefield. The Not Safe For War List.

Like all definitive lists, ours was many months in the making. Thousands of names were considered, from every branch of public life. Experts were consulted, gods were summoned, contemporary news reports revisited and books reread.

The methodology for selecting the final 100 was complex but, we think, unassailably logical. Dead people were removed from consideration (’bye Saddam! So long Hitchens!) not because they’ve suffered enough, but because they couldn’t participate in another war if they wanted to. Also gone were those who were just following orders and anyone who we deemed too stupid to know better. Then came the ranking: those posing a present danger (Keller, Powell) outranked anyone who was hugely influential in 2003 but who has since withered to irrelevance (Bush, Miller). Thomas Friedman and Bill Kristol got their own pages, for reasons which will hopefully be obvious.

But still there were some tough calls. Where to put the New Yorker’s David Remnick, for example. Remnick’s magazine initially supported the war, but it also published Seymour Hersh’s exposé of the Abu Ghraib prison abuses. Does Al Gore belong on the list? He founded the anti-war Current TV, but it’s also his fault that we had George Bush in the first place. And what to make of Julian Assange?

These were all tough calls, but war is about tough calls. Tough calls and lists.

Here, then, is The Not Safe For War 100.

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100. Britney Spears
99. Aleksander Kwaśniewski
98. George Bush 
97. Rob Lowe
96. Kid Rock 
95. Tom Hicks
94. Mary McGrory
93. Anthony  Keating 
92. Scooter Libby
91. Anders Fogh Rasmussen
90. Dr Phil
89. Curveball 
88. Harry Reid
87. Hans Blix
86. Martin Amis 
85. Gregg Easterbrooke 
84. Kenneth Pollack
83. George Packer 
82. Jonathan Alter 
81. Harvey Mansfield
80. Kenneth Adelman
79. Elisabeth Bumiller
78. Joshua Foust
77. Walter B. Jones 
76. Elie Wiesel
75. Lynndie England
74. Dianne Feinstein
73. Elliot Cohen
72. Megan McCardle
71. Michael McFaul
70. Paul Berman
69. Jonathan Chait
68. Peter Beinart
67. Marty Peretz
66. Victor Davis-Hanson
65. John Podhoretz
64. Jeff Gannon
63. Dan Savage
62. Bob Ney
61. Bob Woodward
60. David Wurmser
59. Bill Kristol
58. Leon Weiseltier 
57. Fareed Zakaria
56. Dennis Miller
55. John Yoo
54. Kanan Makiya
53. Nicholas D. Kristof
52. José María Aznar López
51. Ann Coulter 
50. Glenn Greenwald
49. Al Franken
48. Ezra Klein
47. Judith Miller 
46. Dave Weigel
45. Matt Yglesias 
44. Anne Applebaum
43. Fred Kaplan
42. Timothy Noah
41. Jacob Weisberg
40. John Howard
39. Silvio Berlusconi 
38. Saddam's Drones
37. Donald Rumsfeld 
36. Mrs. Anthrax
35. Dr Germ
34. Max Boot
33. Charles Krauthammer
32. Julian Assange
31. Michael Gordon
30. Tom Freidman
29. John Kerry
28. Michael Ledeen 
27. George Tenet 
26. Andrew Sullivan
25. David Brooks
24. Michael Ignatieff
23. Jim Wilkenson
22. Douglas Feith 
21. Paul Wolfowitz 
20. House of Saud
19. Tony Blair
18. David Petreus
17. David Frum
16. Scott Ritter
15. Hillary Clinton 
14. R. James Woolsey
13. Dick Cheney
12. Jeffrey Goldberg
11. Tommy Franks
10. Al Gore
9. Condoleezza Rice
8. Karl Rove
7. Francis Fukuyama
6. Fred Hiatt
5. David Remnick
4. Bill Keller
3. Rupert Murdoch
2. Richard Perle
1. ???? 

Adapted from NSFWCORP Print, issue #1, published March 25, 2013.

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A NSFWCORP Special Feature. The definitive list of those who were most responsible for talking America and 48 other coalition countries into the Iraq war. The Not Safe For War 100.

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