Although the war itself was short, arguments over whether it was justified had been made for months and years prior to the attack, and still continue today. Going to war in Iraq was not justified on many levels. One of the main reasons for the attacks on Iraq was to disarm them of any weapons of mass destruction that they have. This makes sense to prevent future terrorist attacks, but no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. Iraq did use weapons of mass destruction in the 1980s, but not since then (Corn 45).
But it does not say much good about us. The war in Iraq only fuels the fires of terrorist organizations against the U.S. They do not do what they do simple because, “they hate us,” they have very real grudges, and in the end they, like us, solve their problems with violence instead of diplomacy.
The decisions before, during and after the offensive opened the blind eyes of the American people to the truth of the North Vietnamese Army capabilities. The mistakes of the North Vietnamese ended with their defeat, but the ripples of their attack would spur the American people to respond. Public protest became too much for the American government to ignore and began the military drawdown in South Vietnam under President Nixon in 1969. The Vietnam War was a constant battleground of guerrilla tactics until January 31, 1968 when the war turned in an entirely different direction. The American government and media had always proclaimed that the North Vietnamese Army would pose no strong unified threat.
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.
This battle had U.S. Marines attempt to expel insurgents, from Fallujah city, that were responsible for the murder of the Blackwater workers. The Marines were not fully prepared for the difficult urban combat this battle would entail. The horrid actions of the insurgents sent the U.S. into a frenzy, which in turn, did not allow them to prepare a proper battle strategy. The strategy for Fallujah city was simple, conventional Army tactics that would shock and awe the enemy into s... ... middle of paper ... ... western approaches to the city and secured the Jurf Kas Sukr Bridge. These initial attacks, however, was a diversion intended to distract and confuse the insurgents holding the city.
Our lifestyle is not conducive to comprehending such a society - to live in such utter fear and terror - to know nothing else. And as a role model Saddam's ruthless, barbaric behavior set the standard for young Iraqi's. Now add religious fanaticism into the boiling caldron, and we have cooked up a mighty mess on our hands. And the eyes of the world are watching. We failed in Iraq from the get-go by not providing enough security.
But what the soldiers experienced did not add up to what the American people were being told (Thura 9). Americans have been told that the United States is going to war against Iraq in order to remove Saddam Hussein, eliminate him from power, abolish Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and prevent Baghdad from aiding terrorist groups. (Anderson 5). In Iraq the soldiers are anxious with no evidence of weapons of mass destruction, and Saddam Hussein no longer in power the reason why U.S. is still fighting in Iraq when the war was declared over a year ago is questionable (Moore 19). "The troops are not very well trained, they're frightened, and they're terrified.
This is misleading because axis implies an alignment of some sort. ... ... middle of paper ... ...aghdad: “I made it quite plain…that it was obvious from the briefings that Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction and had only battlefield weapons…I could not have been more blunt” (Watt-1). After British troops went to Iraq, Cook resigned promptly afterward. Blair went into Iraq with the intention to disarm not to dethrone because of the imminent threat to British interests. The Prime Minister was well aware that President Bush was to go to war in any case, yet Blair believed “it would be more damaging to long-term world peace and security if the Americans alone defeated Saddam Hussein than if they had international support to do so” (Wheatcroft pg.67).
The lack of restraint used in the Vietnam War was enormous. Had more restraint been used when the U.S. was attacked by an enemy just before the War in Vietnam, the conflict could easily have been avoided. President Johnson did not use restraint in making his decision when two U.S. destroyers were supposedly attacked by North Vietnamese forces, commonly referred to as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. “Johnson told Americans that communist torpedo boats fired on U.S. destroyers on Aug. 2 and Aug. 4, 1964. Following that, Congress voted almost unanimously on Aug. 7 to give Johnson approval to step up U.S. involvement in Vietnam….