Within the first week of the attacks the UN security counsel called for the immediate withdrawal of all Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. President Bush imposed an embargo and tried to get the rest of the world to except it. Iraq did not comply with the demands set by the UN and the Gulf war started. By the second week the United States was sending 40,000 troops to Saudi Arabia and fifty war ships to the Gulf. In January the number of US and Coalition troops was over 500,000.
It’s the heat of the Gulf War: January 17, 1991, Congress has just given permission to the president, George Bush Senior, to wage war on Iraq. They want to put an end to the invasion of Kuwait for good, and to prevent Saddam Hussein from seizing the oil fields of Kuwait. Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi president called the upcoming war “the great duel, the mother of all battles.” Bush said that “This will not stand this aggression against Kuwait.” But what was the Gulf War about anyway? To learn more about the Gulf War Oil Spill, it is vital to know the context and background of this event. The Gulf War happened in a relatively short time period after the Iraq-Iran War, and was partially caused by it.
The invasion didn’t take more than 24 hours, but it opened the gate for long lasting suffering for the innocent civilian Iraqi people. After the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait, the U.N. (United Nations) immediately demanded that Saddam Hussein give the order for his troops to retreat from Kuwait, and assigned economic sanctions against Iraq until the U.N. demands are met. The dictator Saddam Hussein, with his famous ignorance, never gave that order. Instead, he threatened to invade the rest of his neighbors who opposed his decisions. George Bush, the United States' president at that time, formed an international coalition to liberate the state of Kuwait from its invaders by force.
In his speech to the nation informing them of his decision, he said, “The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder.” Saddam Hussein was made President of Iraq in 1979 and he has been known to have these alleged “weapons of mass destruction” for over a decade, without using them aggressively against another nation. So why wait until now to try and stop him? Bush stated that, “coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein's ability to wage war”. However, Saddam Hussein had the “ability” to wage war for a long period of time, so why was Bush so keen to stop him now? The main reason that Bush gave was that he wanted to rid Iraq of their weapons of mass destruction.
A war that originated because of Hussein's reluctance to weapons inspections now has become a messy situation where U.S.-British troops are dying more after major combat has ceased. President George W. Bush declared this war on 'terror' and, as a result, invaded Iraq on the grounds that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction which threatened American and world security. Prime Minister Tony Blair agreed with Bush that the world would be safer when Iraq disarmed its WMDs and pledged British troops fully to the American war effort against terrorism. Over one year after invading Iraq, Hussein is captured, no weapons of mass destruction have been found, disturbing photos of abuse of Iraqi detainees, Dr. Kelly's mysterious death, and other nations providing troops are withdrawing?what arises out of all this is a question: Was Iraq worth it? Bush and Blair will both argue that even with all the setbacks, Iraqi citizens are better off now than under the Hussein regime, especially with the forthcoming of democracy.
Several weeks later, George W. Bush declared the War on Terrorism, a war that the US military along with the help of the UN (united nation), would engage in to bring peace to the world. Inperpation, Afghanistan was the first country on the list of terrorism since Bin Laden was living there, then after would come Iraq. The US believed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and for the US to be able to win the war on terrorism and give the Iraqis freedom Saddam and his administration had to be taken over. Three years later, billions of the US taxpayers' money has been spent on the war in Iraq, thousands of US soldiers have been killed, and thousands of Iraqi civilians have been killed, with no sign of an end to this disaster. We all know now that Iraq does not have any WMD, and the war on Iraq has nothing to do with its weapons.
The magazine's editors chose the nameless soldier to represent the 1.4 million men and women who make up the U.S. military, which led the invasion of Iraq nine months ago and a week ago captured deposed leader Saddam Hussein. About 130,000 U.S. soldiers remain in Iraq, with others deployed in Afghanistan, South Korea and elsewhere. Soldiers were singled out as the top newsmakers of the year because "the very messy aftermath of the war made it clear that the mission had changed, that the mission had not been completed and that this would be a story that would be with us for months, if not years, to come," Time Managing Editor Jim Kelly said. The selection echoes 1950, the year the Korean War began, when editors picked the American GI for the cover, writing that "it was not a role the American had sought, either as an individual or as a nation. The U.S. fighting-man was not civilization's crusader, but destiny's draftee."
The Allies had just defeated Germany and now, the United States focus was ending war with Japan. America had been in war for four years accumulating 1 million casualties in the process. The United States wanted Japan to surrender unconditionally, as the Germans had done, to the Potsdam Declaration. Japan refused; talk of a land invasion on Japan transpired. A land invasion would result in heavy casualties against on either side.
Clinton almost started the second war with Iraq but an outrage by the Grassroots peace group put an end to it. (www.nonviolence.org)Clinton's presidency lasted two terms and then George W. Bush, George Bush's son, took over. Only after a short time into George W. Bush's presidency the United States was attacked by Afghani terrorists. The World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon were crashed into by hijacked commercial airplanes. This set the United States in an uproar.
The final dictator was Saddam Hussein, whom the United States of America captured in 2003. A costly and very questionable eight-year war, due largely in part from territorial disputes with Iran, raged on from 1980 until 1988. In late 1990, Iraq took control of Kuwait, but the United Nations coalition forces led by the United States quickly removed Iraqis from Kuwait during the Gulf War in early 1991. Following the liberation of Kuwait, the United Nations Security Council required Iraq to scrap all of their long-range missiles and weapons of mass destruction. They also required them to allow the United Nations to conduct verification inspections.