Widely believed to be coined by U.S. President Bill Clinton
and popularized by his Presidential successor George W. Bush
in reference to the regime of Saddam Hussein
. Use of the term dates back to 1925.
- An overthrow of a government that is considered an illegitimate regime by external force (especially military might), and its replacement with a new government according to the concept of political legitimacy promoted by that force.
- A war promoting such a change.