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There is no doubt that the invasion of Iraq in 2003 represented a watershed in people's perceptions of the new world order. It was a chill confirmation that the Bush administration was serious about their strategy for a global American empire. The conservative think-tank, the Project for a New American Century, had indicated in 2000 what their aims were: to be the world's ‘ sole superpower', to enact a ‘leadership' unilateralist strategy to overcome ‘world disorder', to use war to transform key regions, to deter potential rivals, and preserve US global pre-eminence . The bombing of Baghdad turned this imperialist rhetoric into imperialist fact.