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Justifying The War In Iraq: At What Cost?

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The war in Iraq is clearly an unjustified act of war. Though it must be conceded that hindsight has made this more clear than it was to begin with (nobody knew at the time that they were looking at faulty intelligence), there was still no truly justifiable basis for entering into war that has cost us greatly, both in terms of human life and in terms of finances.The Bush Administration felt as if Saddam and his two sons were potential terrorists and that possible militaristic action may need to be taken. That possibility increased when Iraq refused to let the weapon inspectors test for weapons of mass destruction. This directly led to a United States preparation for an Invasion of Iraq. Once ...view middle of the document...

The US invasion violated international laws, and also, the Geneva Convention, UN Charter, Monroe Doctrine, and the US Constitution's restriction of armed forces (Savoy 16). Whether or not Iraq had WMDs, the invasion proved they did not have any, making them less of a threat and more of a reason why the war is unjust because of the fact that the war has continued on after the US met their objective.The war is also unjust because of the large Federal spending to support the war instead of for other purposes to help benefit the United States. The Bush Administration has spent billions upon billions of dollars for this unjust war. In 2004, the Congressional Budget Office said that the total deficit was $412 billion, the largest in history, and many of those dollars going towards funding the war. Congress provided only $228 billion for the wars and rebuilding costs. (Savoy 16) The total military and reconstruction process was over $300 billion and the BushAdministration said it will need at least $80 billion more to completely pay...

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