The U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq was planned by the George W. Bush administration and the neoconservatives, which worked as advisers. (Yaphe 392) The Bush administration argued that the war in Iraq would be carried out swiftly, Americans would be viewed as liberators, the military would be rushing to defect, and exiled Iraqis would lead the country to a democracy which would become a U.S. ally that would make peace with Israel. (Yaphe 392) The military phase of the war resulted in less damage and fewer casualties than had been predicted because it ended quickly and was conducted with care. (Yaphe 392) However, little attention was paid to the period after the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime and prior to the implementation of a new regime. (Yaphe 393) The United States was slow towards actions involving the implementation of security measures for the civilian population, reconstruction and humanitarian relief. (Yaphe 393) Administration ...
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...ke the refusal to send more troops to Iraq, the de-Baathification and the dissolution of the Iraqi army. The many mistakes during the U.S. occupation of Iraq resulted in chaos after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. The U.S. occupation of Iraq was justified by the Bush administration’s claim that the occupation would help Iraq while removing the possible threats in Iraq to the United States. The Sunnis opposed the U.S. occupation of Iraq due to mistakes made by the Bush administration while the Shi’is opposed the U.S. occupation because they desired an Islamic government which the United States was not in the process of forming. Meanwhile, the Kurds supported the occupation of Iraq. The lack of support for the U.S. occupation of Iraq and the issues resulting from the U.S. occupation of Iraq resulted from the many mistakes that were made due to a lack of planning.
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