Ronald Kramer is a Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University, and Ray Michalowski is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. Together in 2005 they published “War, Aggression and State Crime: A Criminological Analysis of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq”. It’s in The British Journal of Criminology, vol. 45, issue 4, 446-469. The link takes you to a downloadable pdf version.
Kramer and Michalowski argue that the U.S. led invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a “state crime”. Their benchmark is international law. They see this crime as part of a broader pattern of the U.S. government: “The fuller explanation [of the aggression] resides in the dynamics of America’s long-standing will to empire, with its success in achieving global political–economic dominance, and with the construction and dissemination of an ideology which enables
many Americans to embrace the fantasy that the US pursuit of global dominance is a noble sacrifice in the name of worldwide human liberation.” Also they have written “A key part of our explanation of this war resides in the dynamics of America’s long-standing will to empire coupled with the imperial designs of neoconservative policy makers within the Bush administration.”