War is on the tip of the Bush administrations tongue. War is to be declared on Iraq because of their refusal to let weapon inspectors in, to search for weapons of mass destruction. President Bush has been waiting for the United Nation's Security Council top put their foot down and mandate a strict weapons program for Iraq, because Iraq breached past resolutions that were made he feels Sadaam Hussein, the Iraqi leader, can't be trusted. While this is true there are some countries that think this has not reached a height where war needs to be mentioned, such countries are China, Russia, and France. They believe there has been no threat made to our security. If there were to be war between Iraq and America- and allies there would be much bloodshed. America probably would win but at the cost of many lives, and at the cost of tax- payers.
Also it would threaten the safety of Americans, because this war would be without the blessing of the United Nations, meaning they will not have many of the allies they had during the Persian Gulf War.
This is an issue that has everyone across the world on the edge of his or her seats. In the United States Government this issue further divides the Democrats and Republicans. President Bush is Republican so of course, the Republicans are behind him. In the article "Aiming to Disrupt Diplomacy, Iraq Risks War By Rejecting Plan", Patrick E. Tyler in the New York Times, September 25, 2002, there were many points why war with Iraq should be in the near future. Patrick E Tyler states how Sadaam Hussein tries to "corrupt the Bush administration while President Bush is trying to consult with China, Russia and France, making the Bush administration look as though they are just out to get Sadaam Hussein. However, it was noted that Baghdad believes this would backfire on Iraq because it shows the country's refusal to comply with the weapons program, making it easier for military action to be taken. Tyler also states how this will make critics agree with the Bush administration for wanting to overthrow Hussein. Iraq has really lost the trust of the United States because of past breaches of other weapons programs and the refusal to let the inspectors back in. Britain agrees with President Bush and it says it is really considering "inspections and mass destruction weapons destroyed or destroy the regime" the British is prepared to give Iraq an ultimatum of cooperate or prepare for war. Despite the strong reasons for war to be declared not everyone agrees with the idea. Particularly, because it isn't known what type of weapons exactly Iraq holds, Tyler said, three four star generals testified that Sadaam Hussein has six republican guard divisions, six additional tank divisions and several thousands antiaircraft guns.
The Democratic Party are the main individuals who don't agree with stirring up things with Iraq. Democratic congressman who visited Iraq believes that President Bush is misleading Americans. This was noted in the article "Democratic Congressmen Asserts Bush Would Mislead US on Iraq", John H. Cushman Jr. in the New York Times, September 25, 2002. Cushman quoted one of the Democrats who visited Basra, Iraq, Jim Dermott, in saying that the Bush administration has been giving out misleading information to Americans. He goes on further to say that the Bush administration has flip-flop for it's reasons for going after the Iraqis from they were linked with the Al-Qaeda Network to them having weapons of mass destruction to both reasons, he senses that Bush is simply out to get Sadaam Hussein to finish what his father, former President Bush couldn't. Dermott said 'it is possible to work out a new inspection that would satisfy Iraqis, but fall short of what Mr. Bush wants.' So he is basically saying until all efforts are made to keep the peace there is no reason to imply war, otherwise it would be obvious that Bush is trying to provoke war.
Sadaam Hussein has ignored the resolutions that the United Nations has provided on Iraq's weapons programs, and the United Nations doesn't condone President Bush's insinuations on war. So, essentially Bush feels alone so he has prepared to act alone. Which some feel would be detrimental to Americas political stance and overall safety. It is obvious that something has to be done if and only if Iraq doesn't comply with the current or with a new resolution. However, Cushman said in his article that Iraq is willing to let inspectors look wherever they want. Where is the problem then? As noted in the article "Bush: US Ready to Go Alone", Scott Lindlaw in the Chicago Sun-Times, September 15, 2002, Bush is frustrated with Sadaam Hussein making a fool of the United States and the United Nations not wanting to make a move. This why he was quoted in saying the UN needs to "show some backbone". Everyone in the world will be affected by what Bush decides to do, so the UN is just trying to make sure the right decision is made. It's not clear what decision needs to be made, because it's not clear what the real bottom line issue is. Is the issue Iraq not cooperating with the weapons inspectors, Iraq being involved with the terrorist group the Al-Qaeda Network or Iraq simply just trying to cause problems between America and it's allies. Some thing has to be done soon.