Mrs Kimberly Matunis, M.Ed
6 November 2014
Should the US have Gone to war in Iraq?
The Iraq war has brought out a lot of debate and opinions over the years. Some suggest it was an act of revenge over the infamous 9/11 attacks, others believe that even if they were threatened, the US has no right to go to war. Over this essay I will evaluate both sides and sustain enough evidence to back my opinion. Whether the war was the right thing to do or not, I believe that we need to look at the situation in an unbiased and fair way to see how both ways can affect both the nation attacking and the other under attack. Most of the analysis of this war has concluded that the war should have never been fought. In an editorial on August 28th, The New York Times, claimed that the Iraq war “should never have been fought,” summing it up in the following concise statement: “The overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s murderous rule and the stirrings of democratic politics are all positive outcomes. But they are overshadowed by overwhelming negatives. President George W. Bush invaded Iraq in 2003 looking for weapons of mass destruction, and defended that rationale long after it was clear that those weapons were not there. America’s credibility has still not recovered. The war cost the lives of more than 4,400 Americans, as well as those of an estimated 100,000 Iraqi civilians, and hundreds of billions of dollars. The Iraq war also, disastrously, shifted attention and resources away from the far more important fight in Afghanistan. The Taliban — routed by the United States and Afghan forces after 9/11 — quickly regained the battlefield momentum after the Pentagon and White House lost interest. The two wars have grievously overtaxed American forces.” From these quotes we can obviously see that the war was the wrong choice for the United States. Rather than let the United Nations handle the terrorist attacks and threats, the US decided to take matter into their own hands and exact their revenge on something many people where not involved. Why would you destroy the lives of innocent civilians who are not to blame for the attacks of 9/11. Furthermore, the numbers prove that the war against Iraq was a huge mistake; per the Business Insider, who have gathered reports over the entire stay of the US military. 189,000: Direct war deaths, which do not include the hundreds of thousands more that died due to war-related hardships. 4,488: U.S. service personnel killed directly. 32,223: Troops injured. 134,000: Civilians killed directly. 655,000: Persons who have died in Iraq since the invasion that would not have died if the invasion had not occurred. 150: Reporters killed. 2.8 million: Persons who remain either internally displaced or have fled the country. $1.7 trillion: Amount in war expenses spent by the U.S. Treasury Department as through Fiscal Year 2013. $490 billion: Amount in war benefits owed to war veterans. $7 trillion: Projected interest payments due by 2053 (because the war was paid for with borrowed money). $12 billion: Cost per month of the war by 2008. But most importantly, 0: Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction found. If anything, this suggests that the United States weren’t sure whether Iraq were a threat. No one knows which country or countries were involved, who is their leader and what is their mission. I find it amusing that the USA have invested huge money into the war in the hope of finding those responsible for the 9/11 attacks, but there hasn’t been any progress. If the UN’s job is to mediate such situations then they are obsolete by now, because the United States brushed them aside and taunted their firepower to do what they feel is best for their Country. In 2003, when the war was just getting started, then Senator Robert Byrd issued an emotional speech to prevent from what was about to happen, which were a political, economical and emotional disaster for such a great nation “There is no credible...
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