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Why the United States Lost the Second War on Iraq

Updated on April 21, 2019
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

What is the Main Focus of This Article?

Author’s Note: this section of the essay on Saddam Hussein was composed several years ago but it is a detailed analysis of why Saddam Hussein is the real winner of the Iraq War and the fact that the US military has made a mess out of the Middle East. The US officially “withdrew” all combat troops out of Iraq in 2011. Also, the essay will focus on further reasons why the United States lost this second war on Iraq.

The motivation for this article is to inform people in the United States and around the world why the United States was defeated by a nation that has much fewer people and a much weaker army. Conservatives will claim that the United States won this war but the United States lost this war and no actual peace treaty was signed by either Iraq or the United States. The United States only technically withdrew many of its forces but I have a hard time believing that the United States won this war.

The Famous Photo of George W. Bush Declaring Victory in Iraq

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Reason #1: the Influence of Saddam Hussein and the Resistance Movement

Even though Saddam Hussein was executed at the end of 2006, he is now grinning except he is doing it in his grave. Saddam Hussein’s plan has worked out perfectly. Saddam knew his people very well. He knew that once the United States military entered Iraq, that they would be stuck there involved in a guerilla war. He knew that once those troops entered his country that they would be the target of a nationwide resistance movement. Saddam Hussein knew that his country would lose in a straight ahead one on one military battle with the world’s strongest military machine.

Once Saddam’s regime collapsed in April of 2003 and George W. Bush made his famous “Mission Accomplished” speech the next month, I don’t think he knew what the US troops were going to have to deal with next. Instead of getting cheers, flowers, hugs and kisses from the Iraqi population like they had been told, the US troops soon become involved in a nationwide resistance movement that has lasted over eight years. The troops had to and are still dealing with small arms fire, rocket attacks, roadside bombs and suicide attacks.

The US does not and will never have an answer for a resistance movement like this. Just as in Vietnam, the US troops may win the battles and still lose the war. You cannot pay money to the local population and silence them. Bribes will not result in the end of this war. The resistance will stop once the last US troops leave Iraq if they ever do. But as long as the US military remains in Iraq, the resistance will continue. It is just like a human body that needs a heart and blood to keep on functioning. Without the US troops in Iraq, the resistance to occupation cannot continue. As long as US troops remain in Iraq, they are giving strength to the dominant Shiite majority because the Shiites have recently started to attack and kill US forces. The whole population of Iraq has only one main goal. And that main goal is to expel all foreign forces from their country and regain control of Iraq. Many Iraqis now say that conditions were better off under Saddam Hussein. That is the biggest blow to the credibility of the United States which has made Iraq a worse place to live for the average Iraqi person. If only George W. Bush and his administration understood this fact, maybe they would never have committed the mistake of invading and occupying Iraq.

Saddam Hussein and all of his former government officials know exactly what is happening. The US military has been unable to deal with and totally stop a nationwide resistance movement and so it can be said that the real winner is Saddam Hussein. Saddam Hussein also was the one that told the truth about Iraq’s nonexistent weapons of mass destruction. Those weapons were destroyed long ago and even former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter has even said this many times. George W. Bush, Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were the people that were never telling the truth about Iraq’s weapons. They told all these lies and caused thousands of US troops to die and get injured for absolutely nothing except to make sure that oil companies can get access to Iraq’s oil.

US Soldiers Perished in a Country That Was No Threat

Although Saddam is no longer alive, he is resting comfortably knowing that his objective is accomplished. Almost 5,000 official US soldiers have perished in Iraq, a country that was no threat to anyone and Saddam is smiling and grinning. And I’m saying 5,000 but the official number of dead and wounded US soldiers in this wrong war most likely greatly exceeds that number. However, the controlled US media wants to keep the casualty numbers low so the population does not panic.

The Other Reasons Why the United States Lost in Iraq

Your question may now be why did the United States lose this second war on Iraq? There are several reasons why this is the case:

2. There were no verifiable weapons of mass destruction ever found in Iraq.

3. Saddam Hussein never was a threat to the United States or any Western country.

4. Saddam Hussein, even though he was a dictator was criticized and demonized by the West ever since his invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. Even though the international community eventually expelled him from Kuwait in early 1991, no attempts were made by the international community, most notably the United States and the United Kingdom to reestablish diplomatic relations with Iraq and chart a course towards a more peaceful Iraq. It is said that peace is never profitable. If there is one thing I’d like you to realize from this article, remember that these powerful nations always engage in wars because wars make lots of money. It is this other reason why the United States lost. It lost this war because it continued its path of aggression and trying to engage in empire building which it did not need to do.

5. The American regimes under President George Bush and his son George W. Bush never really wanted the US or the international community to have any real relations with Saddam Hussein. Only after he invaded Kuwait was he compared to Adolf Hitler. Saddam Hussein never attacked and most likely would never have attacked the United States directly. He was no Hideki Tojo or Adolf Hitler, even if he was a monster. President Bill Clinton also deserves blame for the Iraqi mess because although he was not president when Iraq was invaded in 2003, his regime instituted sanctions on Iraq which Madeleine Albright famously said were worth it.

6. Back in 2015, the Federalist Magazine summed up very succinctly the reasons why the United States lost the second war on Iraq: “We are losing the war in Iraq for the same reason we lost the war in Vietnam: we are fighting one war, while the insurgents fight another. In both campaigns, we understood neither our enemy nor our friends. In both campaigns, American lives and treasure were thrown into a fight we could not win. So, in both campaigns, we didn’t,” (Coerr, 2015).

Bibliography

Coerr, S. S. (2015, June 8). How The United States Lost The Second Iraq War. The Federalist.

© 2019 Ara Vahanian

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      4 weeks ago

      Ara

      Got it.

    • CELEBSFAN78 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ara Vahanian 

      4 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you. I will be editing this one in the near future though. in order to have an elite kind of article the work and effort has to be there that's part of what is involved in being successful on Hubpages.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      4 weeks ago

      Ara

      Good Luck with this article, I hope you get a lot of comments.

    • CELEBSFAN78 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ara Vahanian 

      4 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      That was my point entirely so I think we both agree there. I wasn't in favor of Obama getting the US involved in Libya. I may be wrong but he might have been influenced by someone else so that's why he was in favor of the Libya intervention. One major difference though is that unlike Presidents Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and GW Bush in 2003, Obama didn't start the Libya uprising but he got involved in it after the Arab Spring began. I will agree that Obama made mistakes as President for sure. He also instituted a SOFA (Status of Forces) agreement with Afghanistan to keep US troops there until at least 2024-wrong move by Obama. The destabilization of the Middle East began in 2003. Thanks a lot for your perspective! This article is going to be one of the best ones soon!

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      4 weeks ago

      Ara

      What good did Obama do by taking out Gadhafi? It led to Benghazi and destabilizing the area. It was similar to Sadam Hussein and GW Bush. Then the Benghazi Embassy coverup.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      4 weeks ago

      The Patriot Act was started in 2001, well before Obama became president. So that is squarely on the shoulders of George W. Bush.

      B:

      The Patriot Act continued under Obama.

      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05...

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      One thing that I do think Obama should not have done was that he was in favor of military intervention in Libya which brought an end to the Muamar Gadhafi regime. The 4th Amendment does not guarantee protection from all searches. This info can be found on the Cornell University Law School website.

      B:

      That led to Benghazi and the destabilization of the area. What good did it accomplish?

      Do you have specific examples that apply here?

      How does the Obama Susan Rice revealing the real names apply? What was the justification?

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      You gave me something to really think about though. In times of war, there have always been ways in which the federal government has tried to exercise a certain amount of control over its citizens. I'm not saying I agree with this, but it has been done.

      B:

      What war did congress declare, if there is no declaration of war, then it is peace time.

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      MG Singh 

      4 weeks ago from Singapore

      I am in complete agreement with this article. I have been to Baghdad and struck by the element of fear all around. This is all the US achieved. As a air warrior I am concerned that 5000 young men were sent to death for an impossible cause. Who will pay for their death and the thousands killed under US tutelage.

    • CELEBSFAN78 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ara Vahanian 

      4 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      The Patriot Act was started in 2001, well before Obama became president. So that is squarely on the shoulders of George W. Bush. One thing that I do think Obama should not have done was that he was in favor of military intervention in Libya which brought an end to the Muamar Gadhafi regime. The 4th Amendment does not guarantee protection from all searches. This info can be found on the Cornell University Law School website. You gave me something to really think about though. In times of war, there have always been ways in which the federal government has tried to exercise a certain amount of control over its citizens. I'm not saying I agree with this, but it has been done.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      4 weeks ago

      Ara

      Why do you disagree about Obama?

      The Patriot Act was not for the defense of the country, it was to gather information under the guise of national defense. It neutralized the 4th amendment.

    • CELEBSFAN78 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ara Vahanian 

      4 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Brad: now it makes sense. However, let's also remember that he was under the influence of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, two men that were the biggest decision makers on the second war against Iraq along with Paul Wolfowitz. George W. Bush was basically played like a pawn. He didn't make the choice by himself. I agree he wasn't one of the strongest presidents. As for him being as terrible as Obama, I think I will disagree with you on that one. I now think of the Patriot Act as kind of similar to the Alien and Sedition Acts of the 1790's. Both were designed to silence critics. But you can correct me if I am wrong about that comparison.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      4 weeks ago

      Ara

      The purpose of the Patriot Act served to legalize spying on Americans with the pretense it was to protect against terrorism.

      President GW Bush took advantage of 911 to get this accepted by the people. GW Bush was a terrible president and as terrible as Obama. I couldn't live on the difference.

    • CELEBSFAN78 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ara Vahanian 

      4 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Brad: thank you very much for your comment on this one article. There is one thing I did not quite understand. When you wrote that GW Bush made the American people the real enemies of the state by way of the Patriot Act, how did he do this? The wording was a bit confusing that's all.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      4 weeks ago

      Ara

      I have always said that the US won its last war in 1898 with Teddy Roosevelt. And you can say the US won but not with my definition of winning.

      I notice that you didn't mention president Obama, as he was the one that actually withdrew all the troops or the democrats in congress that agree with him.

      There was no real reason as you say for GW Bush to invade Afghanistan much less Iraq. GW Bush did it for his father from the Desert Storm that was a waste of lives. That was a problem caused by the UN.

      To justify the reason used by GW Bush to invade either Afghanistan or Iraq you would have to also invade N Korea, Iran and Pakistan.

      BTW, GW Bush made the American people the real enemies of the state by creating the Patriot Act in peace time, as there was now war declaration from congress. It just allowed illegal spying on Americans to be legal.

      I agree that Saddam should have been left alone by the US.

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