Point: The Misguided Invasion of Iraq

Anderson, Tim
March 2017
Points of View: Iraq;9/30/2016, p5
This article presents an argument against the United States-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The U.S. made a grave error in its 2003 invasion of Iraq. It has launched a violent occupation of a sovereign nation against world public opinion on the flimsiest of excuses. The claims of the U.S. government regarding the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and his arsenal are less convincing if the historical record is taken into account. Also, an understanding of the pattern of U.S. relations with Iraq, and their previous support for Hussein, may help explain the flaws in current policy. The U.S. government helped Saddam Hussein's socialist Baath Party seize power in Iraq during the 1960s, seeing a promising potential ally in the Middle East. During the ten years of the Iran-Iraq war, the U.S. re-established official diplomatic relations with Iraq, and provided the country with multi-million dollar loans as well as intelligence on Iranian military targets. Prior to the 2003 invasion, the U.S. had invented a number of reasons to justify its war against Iraq. These had been created and discarded by the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush as deemed necessary, leaving a confusing trail of conflicting stories. In attempting to justify its war, the U.S. claimed that it sought to end Hussein's dictatorship in order to establish democracy in Iraq. The U.S. government is making the decisions the Iraqi people need to make for themselves regarding the future of their political and economic institutions. The American presence in Iraq will only serve to further destabilize the region and create a violent backlash against U.S. military intervention and occupation.


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