America Troops Are Fighting an Unnecessary War
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 on why US troops were in Iraq and critically destabilized Bush’s integrity on why we went to war in the first place. Various people may argue that we attacked Iraq since they are responsible for the attacks on September 11th and Americans needed to fight back. However, the Washington Post printed the following statement in June 2004, “The Sept. 11 commission reported yesterday that it has found no ‘collaborative relationship’ between Iraq and al Qaeda, challenging another one of the Bush administration's main justifications for the war in Iraq”(Pincus). This confirms that two of the key components for our invasion on Iraq were spurious and Bush had no explanation to proclaim war with Iraq. Former President Bush utilized his authority in an effort to make Americans feel secure, by declaring an avoidable and costly war that has yielded nothing more than debt and death. No weapons of mass destruction have been recovered along with no established link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda; therefore, the invasion on Iraq was not justified and must end soon. Subsequently, the war in Iraq is not only unjustified, it is mismanaged and our soldiers are suffering dreadfully.
The war in Iraq is not effectively being managed since...