We were complicit in the birth of this regime through an unconstitutional act of foreign aggression. Then, in the late 1970’s President Carter invigorated that Hussein invades Iran, hoping to remove the Islam regime there. Hundreds of thousands of deaths occurred because of this invasion and we did absolutely nothing to protest these brutal violations of human rights because we were behind it. Hussein used chemical weapons in this invasion and nobody protested this either. (Babka) In 2002, George W. Bush sent a letter to Congress requesting the authorization he needed to use military force against Iraq.
With frustrating haste, the United States squandered world support by going to war against Iraq on March 20, 2003 1. Within days, American forces occupied that country, neutralizing all formal opposition. B. Unfortunately, defeating the Iraqi army was only the beginning of the American role in Iraq, and for its continuation, the United States has proven wholly unprepared 1. Entering Iraq with unreasonable expectations that we would be welcomed as liberators, America brought a force that, for all its hardware, was less than one-third the number of military and police that Saddam Hussein had used to control his country.
At the time of the Terrorist attacks, people were afraid of what else the terrorists were planning or could do and so George Bush sent troops in to look for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). In hindsight the war on Iraq was a bad idea. The situation was handled poorly, far too much money was spent, and there were far too many casualties to say that the war was a good idea to enter into. To continue war efforts and gain support, lies were spread about finding actual weapons. Later in the war it was revealed that there were never any WMDs.
Therefore, it can be argued that intervention on the basis of WMD is not justified and there were no weapons.. There was no attack from Sadden Hussein and no weapons were found.. Many just war theorist argued the war against Iraq. They sought that the principle of last resort did not ‘meet the set conditions’ (Romaya, 2012,p.24). Inspections were placed to enable peaceful alternatives, if inspections were carried fulfil, it would have prevented the intervention of Iraq.
One of the most controversial topics of the year is the argument on guns and the government attempting to ban and control certain guns. This topic has always been in disagreement among the American public but has recently become much more popular after several large-scale shootings such as the infamous Sandy Hook. Despite gun control appearing to be the solution to these tragic events, controlling and banning guns will simply not work. Why will it not work and why is it so bad? Because it has not worked before, current gun control laws and attempted laws target the wrong guns, banning the targeted guns or any guns for that matter will not prevent mass shootings, and it infringes on our constitutional rights as Americans.
What surprises is the fact that these arguments were not questioned as it should in the US media. The Iraqi war was depicted as USA verses Iraq or Bush verses Saddam. The perception assumed that the only players were Bush and Saddam and the goal being to win the war. Media coverage only displayed the fact that Saddam`s regime was a threat to world peace and that the only solution was to go to war (Miller and Gordon, 2002). It failed to highlight past relations between the US and Iraq such as the 1991 war and its consequences on the Iraqi people over the decades.
A large amount of this money comes from United States taxpayers. While no one is particularly fond of paying taxes, most of us accept it as our duty and contribute without too much complaint. Would we still continue to do so if we knew what was really happening with our tax dollars? Although many people believe the money spent on war is justified, in reality a huge amount of that money ends up being stolen, mismanaged, or simply falls through the cracks and is never seen again. In March of 2003, President George W. Bush launched an invasion of Iraq, thus beginning the Iraq war, or Operation Iraqi Freedom, our most recent involvement with war.
Works Cited Farley, John E. "An American Attack on Iraq is Not Justified." Iraq Opposing Viewpoints. Ed. William Dudley. Greenhaven Press, 2004.
Many people argue that polls state that most of the U.S. opposes the war this obviously cannot be true because after all Bush was elected our president by a majority of the American people. In conclusion, the Iraq war is not a pointless battle that the U.S. continues to fight each day. The country has motives to fight and those will continue to be carried out despite what the media as well as anti-war individuals persist to believe. Only the people who have been in the war can give a good aspect of the war. The battle for security has only made the country feel much safer.