The major issue with the first solution is that there are very few links between Iraq and the US. Iraq has a history of having a deeply divided population in regards to ethnic and religious pregdjucice. They also have no previous background with democracy and only seem to be able to maintain a stable government when it is a dictator. The US also has little to no real understanding of Iraqi culture and society which presents it's self to be a major hurtle to overcome. If the US is to impose a democratic government it will take a very concentrated effort the likes of which we have never seen.
President Bush had remarkable plans in place for the political reconsrtion of Iraq. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) stated that, "the national government will be limited to essential national functions, such as defense and security, monetary and fiscal matters, justice, foreign affairs, and strategic interests such as oil and gas." Local government would be responsible for everything else and would be "required to operate in an open, transparent, and accountable matter." Citizens would participate in planning the future of their communities and would control the civil administration through elected local assemblies. Just like that Iraq would change into the model democratic society.
But this vision for Iraq was... [continues]
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