of the Iraq War
The Iraq War started in February
2003, when President Bush decided that Sadaam Hussein was working on
obtaining nuclear weapons and that
he had to be stopped, Sadaam had not opened up to inspectors. Although,
Sadaam did open up to inspectors in the winter of 2002-2003, a fact
President Bush had overlooked, but ignored, and forced out his U.N.
inspection team so the invasion of Iraq could carry on. He agreed with
Donald Rumsfeld that the job could be done with only 150,000 troops,
ignoring the Army chief of staff, who was talking sense with his more
realistic idea of hundreds of thousands of troops being required to
seize an entire country. Bush appeared to only listen to what he wanted
to hear, because he also only listened to the pentagon’s side
of the story when they said Iraq was unanimously against all that Sadaam
Hussein had done to the government, and would welcome America into
their country, desperate to be free. Bush also came to the conclusion
somehow, that the war would cost much less than 100 billion dollars.
March 19, 2003, Bush openly claimed that they had found weapons of
mass destruction in possession of Sadaam Hussein. Furthermore, he announced
that we knew exactly
where they were, and we had to send in the troops to prevent Sadaam from using
them despite the fact that we had not discovered any definite proof of nuclear
weapons in Iraq. A team of experts on Iraq tried to discuss ideas of the war
with the pentagon and have them see the other side on the war. They were all
blackballed and the leader of the team, Jay Garner, was fired. A possible cause
for Jay Garner’s loss of his job could be that he supported Tom Warrick,
director of the Future of the Iraq project, which had been put together by
the State Department. It was very anti-war. Jay Garner was replaced with Paul
Bremer, who disbanded the Iraqi army. Said the former Secretary of the Army “The
administration is unwilling to come to grips with what it will take to win
the war.” Although, this view was ignored.
The Ramadan Carnage occurred, and Paul Bremer and the administration, due to
being in a very difficult spot, sped up the training of the homegrown Iraqi
police, and putting the structure of the whole program together in a very slipshod
way, deciding it was time to bail out. Not only that, but Donald Rumsfeld refused
to increase the number of troops in Iraq, despite that the estimate of troops
required to invade Iraq (150,000) was far to low, he refused to send even 1,000
more troops in, despite the amount of killings going on.
Bush started to favor blaming the Iraqi War on Sadaam Hussein’s resistance
to letting U.N. inspectors in to investigate his weapons program. He told the
Press: “The world said, ‘Disarm, disclose or face serious consequences.’ … We
worked to make sure that Saddam Hussein heard the message of the world. And
when he chose to deny the inspectors, when he chose not to disclose, then I
had the difficult decision to make to remove him. And we did.” although
Sadaam had agreed to shut down any weapons programs he might have. Most likely
though, he probably would have continued a weapons program secretly.
Although reporters did not argue against the Bush Campaign, it does not mean
they supported it. Bush had insisted that Sadaam had completely denied all
requests by the United Nations to investigate. Bush repeated this statement
over and over again and when he was in power, a reporter could very well have
lost his or her reputation, and possibly their job. It was decided easier to
bully Al Gore instead, so Bush had a reputation of being the answer to problems
Of course, despite his faults, Bush had not done everything wrong. He had overlooked
a few facts and unfortunately, it had a large effect on the entire country.
When you’re president of the United States, you cannot overlook things,
and Bush was not prepared for the job yet. I don’t support Bush, but
some people underestimate him. I think he is not competent enough for the United
States, not just plain bad. But he did not handle his incompetent mistakes
very well either. Instead of coming to terms with the fact that he had overlooked
that Sadaam had let United Nations inspectors in to look for nuclear weapons,
he launched the invasion in order not to lose popularity. Furthermore, he repeated
that Sadaam had not let in inspectors so that the war would seem justified.
It has become obvious that President Bush is not a competent president. But
now, it’s not Bush who’s the problem that needs to be stopped,
or given attention. It’s the problems in Iraq.