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In 2003, U.S president George W. Bush and coalition supporters wanted to invade Iraq because of a presumption that Iraq was violating the 1991 agreement to not produce weapons of mass destruction. It was also assumed that Saddam Hussein had ties with al-Qaeda, but no evidence of any collaboration was found. Among those factors of invading Iraq were five military objectives. End Saddam Hussein regime, capture and drive out terrorist, obtain intelligence related to terrorist network, secure Iraq’s oil fields, and assist the Iraqi people transition to a democratic government.
Modern warfare depends on oil, because virtually all weapons systems rely on oil-based fuel for tanks, trucks, armored vehicles, self-propelled artillery pieces, airplanes, and naval ships. For this reason, the governments of powerful nations seek to ensure a steady supply of oil during wartime, to fuel oil-hungry military forces. Such governments view their companies’ global interests as synonymous with the national interest and they readily support their companies’ efforts to control new production sources, to overwhelm foreign rivals, and to gain the most favorable pipeline routes and other transportation and distribution channels.
It has been six years since the war in Iraq started. In the U.S, people are afraid of some attacks, which may come in the future from terrorist groups. The U.S. wants to control Iraq completely this time. Everyday, wherever I go, the news about war catches my ears and eyes. It is on the radio, on the net, and on television programs in the US. It means that everybody in this country really is concerned about the situation in Iraq because of American soldiers who fight in Iraq and people in Iraq.
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On a daily basis this country goes deeper and deeper into debt that we will not be
out of for a long time. The war has cost the US nearly $510 billion dollars. What else
could be done with this money? Instead of using the money for war, it should be spent in
social programs, which help in the advancement of Americans. I believe this money
could have gone for a better cause, especially since we are in a time of recession.
Instead of using this money for battles and for people to die. The money should be invested to help people for their medical expenses that don’t have health insurance. There are low income families that are in desperate need of a health insurance. Many people are denied to have health insurance by their own president because we are sending our tax money to Iraq.
In addition I think the war in Iraq should end due many soldiers joining at a really young age. They are not well prepared to go to war and have not enough training. This can be a very big conflict due to many solders die everyday and do not get to live for long. I think that this is not fair. All this is due because we have to fight on a battle with no end in sight. Soldiers miss from going to school and having to develop more in life. Yes, there are many benefits that the soldiers get from the military but what more can you ask of them than their life.
There is also the separation of families. The families don’t know if their loved ones will come back or not. In my interview to Emily Richardson, she said, “I am a wife of a soldier who has been deployed twice. Yes it was hard, we have three children and he had been gone for more than 2 and 1/2 years al-together. My husband believed in what he was doing and he said the majority of other soldiers did as well. There are many things that the media doesn’t report. They only report the negative. So many people here in the states only know what they see on the news and have no idea what is really going out there. We all know the war is terrible. He did his duty with honor and was willing to stand for many things that this great country represents. But we get caught up in the politics that we forget the lives that are directly affected.”
Gas prices have steadily risen, due to the lack of reliable sources of oil. The cost
per barrel of oil has reached record highs, at more than $100. The cheapest gas found in
San Bernardino is about $3.80. This affects many people who drive for a living, or others
who are on a limited budget. The increasing gas prices affect every level of
consumerism, because everything has to be adjusted to cover the fuel costs. As a result,
every product has greatly increased in price. Here is a six year history of the gas prices
in San Bernardino:
As we can see, the prices of gasoline have gone up and down, over the years, but ultimately, the prices of gas have been increasing in the last six years.
In the recession that we are currently experiencing, the people that are the most affected are those that are living paycheck to paycheck. Those people are sometimes unable to make large payments, such as their mortgage and car payments. We are currently experiencing an economic crisis, and people are losing their homes. They don’t spend money because they don’t have any. This affects all businesses who depend on their clients to remain open. If they cannot support their business, then people have to be laid off. If the war money was spent on raising salary wages or creating more jobs, people would not have to go through hardships.