America's Invasion of Iraq

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America's invasion of Iraq
Introduction
Many things have been said and written about America's invasion of Iraq. To date, most of what have been said is essentially reactions leveled against the explanations adopted by the then America's regime and her allies in justifying invasion of Iraq. Bush's regime told the international community that there was urgent need to invade Iraq in order to oust Saddam Hussein's despotic leadership from power and thus pave way for the entrenchment of democracy in Iraq which is a prerequisite to international peace and security especially in this era of terrorism. Even though UN Security Council's intelligence personnel assigned the responsibility of investigating America's claims of existence of WMDs in Iraq was not in harmony with those claims, America went ahead in engaging in one of the most expensive war since the end of Cold War. This essay seeks to establish whether sociopolitical explanations adopted by America amidst protests from the International community and the UN were underpinned by America's interest to maintain her global economic dominance or the proclaimed political motive of liberating Iraqis from tyranny. War as a means of implementing foreign policy

Generally, war is a very expensive foreign policy implementation tool which no sane nation would want to frequently use not unless it's the only alternative for her survival. All states -the powerful and the weak-U.S included tries as much as possible to use peaceful diplomacy in implementing their foreign policies abroad and can only resort to coercive diplomacy (war) when it's the only rational alternative for protecting its survival and interests in the International System. Analysts were therefore left unconvinced whether the need to oust bad leadership in Iraq was the main and genuine reason behind America's invasion of Iraq or her ambition to maintain herself position as the global economic giant was more important. To be sure, there is no economic,...
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