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War On Iraq Essay

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On March 3, 2003 President George W. Bush declared war on Iraq in an attempt to "get the enemy before they get us."(Bush, 2003, White House News Release) Since that time, more than 20,000 American soldiers have been wounded and more than 2,700 have been killed. From the start, the Bush administration has relied on lies to convince the public of the need for war on Iraq. Have our soldiers been dying and fighting for our country or have they been killed and maimed for a government who has their own personal agenda?What did Iraq do that made our government feel they were an imminent threat to the United States at that point in time? Here are a few of the reasons the Bush administration claimed ...view middle of the document...

Did we attack because of the abuse that Saddam had inflected on his people? There is no question that Saddam Hussein was a vicious leader. But in the case to justify humanitarian intervention, at what point do we declare war on another country? Was genocide or comparable mass slaughter underway or imminent? It is estimated that in the last twenty-five years, Saddam's government murdered some quarter of a million Iraqis (2004), but by the time of the March 2003 invasion, Saddam Hussein's killing had ebbed and was not of the exceptional and dire magnitude that would justify humanitarian intervention.Many Americans who supported the war with Iraq did so because they were led to believe that the U.S. was retaliating for the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Yet, none of the hijackers of the airplanes were from Iraq. No connection has ever been proven between Iraq and al-Qaeda or Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Richard Clarke, (March 23, 2004) former National Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the National Security Council, stated that, "The White House is papering over facts such as in the weeks immediately after 9/11, the President signed a national security directive instructing the Pentagon to prepare for the invasion of Iraq ... Even though they knew at the time from me, from the FBI, from the CIA, that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11."Was the...

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