War In Iraq – not justified and some say even legal
After four years of bloody battling, the war in Iraq has done much more “bad” than “good”. The war in Iraq is much too expensive, causing too much grief and is staring to lose support. The war is not justified and some say even illegal.
The U.S. did not have enough evidence to got to war. On September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda extremists bombed America. As far as the CIA and FBI could find there was no sufficient evidence of the Al-Qaeda to Iraq. Although there were minor rumors that linked Iraq to the Muslim terrorists, it was not enough to go to war over. Yet the White House took advantage of these rumors and exploited them into major causes to go to war. Iraq did not even have the weapons of mass destruction the White House constantly stated that Iraq had. There is no and never was any provable evidence found that Iraq had any “WMD’s” (Eland 1).
The war had extreme effects on not only America’s economy, but the world’s too. “Investors’ worry about the impact the war in Iraq could have on the already global economy” (Jelacic 1). As the war progressed, the world saw its effects. Oil prices have slowly risen since the war started (Looney 1). The world has seen the effects of the war in Iraq as millions of people fill their car at the gas pump. “Markets are cold-hearted beasts. As the bombs and missiles rain down, equity prices jumped and oil prices soared” (Wolf 1). The war has taken a huge hit on the nation’s budget. As of 2005, oil income is way below expectations and as a result the Iraq government is only paying for a little of the reconstruction (Funding the war in Iraq). Last year’s funding went mainly to the army and almost all the rest to the marines. In 2005, the war was costing $4.7 million a month; in 2006, it is up to $4.5 billion a month or $100,000 a minute. In Afghanistan, the war costs $800 million a month or $1800 per minute (Mazzeti 1). The recent decision to keep 20,000 troops longer will cost $700 million over the next three months. War funding will run out in July. Congress says that if the President felt more strongly about more money he would have sent the bill earlier. Two weeks ago, the Senate passed a $123 billion Iraq spending bill that recommends an absolute withdrawal of all soldiers by March 31, 2008. Now Congregational negotiators are trying to change that bill with a House version that wants an August withdrawal. Was has cost $250 billion since the invasion so far (Bush: clock ticking on funding for war troops). “Iraq could eventually cost two trillion according to Nobel Prize Winner economist Joseph E Stislitz” (Funding the Iraq War). The U.S. should have spent a portion of the war money to further investigate the Iraq threat instead of just invading. By going to war, Bush set the nation in extreme debt that will take hundreds of years to pay off.
War and chaos in Iraq has killed many soldiers from around the world, but mainly the U.S. Every week the newspapers and televisions tell about the new deaths in Iraq. As of now the U.S. troop death toll is 3,326 (U.S. Iraq deaths reach 3,246). Now Bush has extended the stay of some 20,000 troops, which will create even more deaths. Not only is the war hard on the soldiers but their families too feel the effects. Many families that once
supported the war are now changing their minds because the troops have been in Iraq too long and there are too many deaths. “They can’t put a price on our loved ones” (Madhani 2). Iraq’s deaths have been far more numerous than the United States. The White House’s estimate was far off from reality. The estimated count of Iraqi deaths is between 61,341 to 67,364. This is a number that is constantly changing as the violence in Iraq continues. Some parts of Iraq do not have sufficient food or a supply of clean water. The distributing of water and food is not going well for the Iraqis; which results in numerous deaths (Franks 1). The war in Iraq is not going well. In addition, the U.S. is losing the support of many countries. Italy, Ukraine, Japan, Spain, Thailand, Honduras, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Singapore, Nicaragua, Norway, Portugal, New Zealand, Philippines, Slovakia, The Netherlands, Tonga, and Iceland have all withdrawn their troops. There are about half as many countries that still support the war now. “On February 21, 2007, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced that 600 British troops would return home within the next few months, with another 500 to follow by the end of 2007” (Iraq Coalition Troops). The United States’ allies are taking troops, yet Bush sends more in. As the war, rages on only more major countries will stop the effort in Iraq too. The Iraqis do not even want us in their country anymore. Iraq begged for Suddam’s reign of terror to end, but now that the U.S. has freed them, many still join the fight against the United States. Even the pulling down of Suddam’s statue was a fake. It was a military
vehicle with a few hundred watching (Fisk 2). Where were the tens of thousands of Iraqis pulling it down themselves celebrating their freedom? “Freedom from Saddam’s reign those early days meant freedom to burn, murder, and vandalize” (Fisk 1). Mobs took over Baghdad, who then destroyed almost every archive and record that the capitol contained except the records dealing with oil. The United States safely obtained the oil records. By doing this, the U.S. Bush showed that the threat of “WMD’s” was not the only reason he wanted the invasion. (Fisk 1). Iraq does not support the war. How can the reconstruction continue if the U.S. does not have support from the natives?
The United States is not wanted in Iraq so U.S should get out of there. Our troops would stop dying and insurgents will probably ease up on suicide bombing too. Families will be satisfied that their loved one’s are home. America would not have to hear about more tragedies on the news or read in the newspapers about the newest roadside bomb that killed some troops. President Bush’s support may even go up if he takes out the troops. The U.S. did not have enough evidence to go to war. The war is going badly, it is losing support, causing too much sorrow and death and is costing too much. The United States may have freed Iraq, now the U.S. must free itself from Iraq.