War on Iraq

Essay by chips2301College, UndergraduateA+, November 2006

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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 to justify war on Iraq; 1) Evidence Iraq had of Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2) The Human Rights Abuses being suffered by the Iraqi people, and 3) The threat Saddam posed in terrorism and with terrorist links.

These reasons were twisted and concocted by the Bush administration to keep Americans in a state of fear and a feeling of not being safe in their own homes. Knowing that the September 11,2001 attacks had generated fear within the American people, it was unlikely that we would question what he was saying regarding our safety.

Regarding the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), did Iraq have the money or resources to create these weapons? Since the Gulf War in 1991, extensive post-war investigations were carried out by the Iraqi Survey Group (ISG). No evidence was found that Iraq was trying to build nuclear weapons, biological weapons or mobile biological weapons. Iraq had been under sanctions by the UN and according to Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State, (U.S. Department of State, 2001), "He (Saddam) has not...