Iraq War

@halimbd (124)
Bangladesh
September 15, 2010 3:48pm CST
Do any of you know what was the cause of attacking Iraq? Was that cause appropriate?
5 responses
• United States
15 Sep 10
Are you asking what lies George W Bush fabricated to as a rationale for attacking Iraq, or are you asking what the real agenda was? Or are you asking about why George H.W. Bush attacked Iraq in 1991?
@halimbd (124)
• Bangladesh
16 Sep 10
I mean why George H.W Bush attacked Iraq in 1991?
• United States
16 Sep 10
That's going back a ways, but my recollection was that Iraq had invaded Kuwait, announced its intention to annex it, and looked poised to wheel on into Saudi Arabia. Aside from the question of whether nations should stand by and do nothing when one invades another, that would have given Saddam Hussein an awful lot of control over an awful lot of oil. No word, though, on why American diplomat April Glaspie told Hussein that the US regarded his territorial dispute with Kuwait as an internal Arab matter.
@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
15 Sep 10
The attack in Iraq was based on the fact that former President George Bush thought that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction hidden over there, which would have been in violation of the agreement he entered into with the U.S. at the end of the Desert Storm conflict. When it was all over, it turned out that Hussein did NOT have any of these weapons, so everyone started screaming that George Bush was wrong for giving the order to attack. While I am NOT a George Bush fan at all, I do believe that Bush was in a no-win situation. Let me explain... Let's pretend for a moment that Hussein DID have these types of weapons over there. Let's say that Bush made the announcement that he believed Hussein had the weapons over there, but did nothing about it. Knowing that Bush was not willing to do anything, let's say that Hussein HAD USED the weapons he had hidden over there to kill thousands of people somewhere in the world. Had this happened, there would have been hundreds of people screaming that Bush should have attacked Iraq and did something to stop Hussein from using those weapons and killing all those people. So Bush was going to be criticized either way, and I think he knew it, and I think that is why he gave the order to attack. I would have probably done the same thing if I had been in his position, and the world is certainly a better place without Hussein in it. However, I do feel that we should have pulled out of that war right after Hussein was hanged. We have been there far too long, and we have lost too many of our soldiers over there trying to create a democratic government in a place that will never even really have a stable government, let alone a stable democratic government...
• United States
16 Sep 10
Really, Goldeneagle! Do you know that the US has for years been in violation of the NPT, which addresses the issue of WMD? And did you know that Iraq initially got its WMD from the US - which is why the US never believed (though UN inspectors testified otherwise) that Iraq had no WMD? Good question, Sharmila!
@Netsbridge (3242)
• United States
16 Sep 10
The 2003 invasion of Iraq was a war planned years before 911/2001! If you know the imperial nature of Great Britain, then you would know that the US, like its parent government, is merely following in the footprints of Great Britain! These governments are nothing but piracy governments that would do anything to attempt to accomplish their fancied goal of world domination. But again, I guess some people never learn from history!
@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
16 Sep 10
I see you are referring to the 1991 invasion rather than the more recent Iraq war. The first one was much more defined and reasoned. Iraq invaded Kuwait. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia asked the U.S. and it's allies to get Iraq out of Kuwait. It was pretty straight forward and a war in defense of our friends in the middle east.
@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
15 Sep 10
Ostensibly, the cause was because they were stockpiling materials that were capable of creating WMD. I think that we could have put more pressure on Iraq's allies before embarking on an attack. After no WMD were found, it was then stated that it was because Sadam was a cruel dictator who committed unspeakable acts on the Iraquis. Do I believe that? No. No. No. People throughout the world are suffering and are in fact being slaughtered. Has the U.S. stepped in to liberate those people? No. I think that the real cause was twofold. I think that everything that is policy in the mideast is all about oil and secondarily, I think that President Bush's motives were also in response to issues that his father, President Bush #1 had with the Iraquis.