In excess of 600 billion dollars has been spent on the war in Iraq since it began in 2003, plus over four thousand U.S. troops have died because of this war, and despite a struggling economy the US government is keeping our troops in Iraq with no end in sight. The war in Iraq is a current military operation that began, without a declaration of war, on March 20, 2003 and is still taking place today in 2009(Rogalski). Americans have been shielded from this war and have forgotten why we went to war in the first place. Thus clarification is needed by the American public on why the invasion on Iraq was baseless, how the mismanagement is affecting our soldiers and what the overall end result could be.
Prior to the war, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom declared Iraq was suspected to possession weapons of mass destruction and this posed an imminent danger to our security and our allies. The American public was led to believe that Saddam Hussein had significant stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction and was equipped to use them. Following the terror of September 11th by al-Qaeda, the American public was apprehensive of another vicious attack, and President Bush used this fear to justify his “revenge” on Saddam Hussein. These weapons were one of the key reasons the public believed why we were going to war in Iraq; however, in six years no such weapons have been located (Duelfer). Furthermore, the following quote from CNN.com confirms that, “Saddam Hussein did not possess stockpiles of illicit weapons at the time of the U.S. invasion in March 2003 and had not begun any program to produce them”. The lack of confirmation of any arms that caused a puzzling question...
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...; nevertheless, American troops need to be pulled out and our part in the war must come to an end.
The war in Iraq is a drain on tax payers, and in the struggling economy President Obama needs to stop wasting money on this unnecessary war. He could put more money into education, healthcare or even work on getting the US out of debt; nevertheless, no more money should be spent on the war effort. The original theories on why US troops initially went to war are false and US troops have no reason to still be in Iraq after six years. Several troops are dying because of road bombs while in Iraq and some taking their own lives due to extreme post traumatic stress disorder after returning from this gruesome war. President Obama must stop the war and end the countless deaths. Many Americans would agree that the war in Iraq is unjustified, poorly managed and should end soon!
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