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Is the War in Iraq a Good Thing for the United States to get involved in ?

Updated on April 25, 2008

The Fall of Saddam Hussein's Statue in Baghdad symbolizes the End of a Cruel Regime in Iraq.

America has fought in Many Justified Wars

War is never a good thing for any country, anywhere and at anytime, especially for families who have loved ones in active combat duties on the frontlines. It is not good to have one's husband or son killed or wounded in a war. War is cruel and harmful because it would not only kill people but also drains the country's wealth and resources, especially when it is prolonged indefinitely.

There are some wars that are justified and some that are not. On December 7, 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The United States is justified in defending itself against the Japanese aggressors. America entered World War II because they had to help the Allies recover the European countries that were occupied by Hitler's armies. There were two wars that America got involved in that did not result in decisive victories. They are the Korean War and the Vietnam War, both against Communist regimes. These are also justified wars.

The Gulf War in 1991 and the War against Afghanistan are Justified and Fully Supported Worldwide

Iraq invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990 and so the United States led a coalition force of 34 nations mandated by the United Nations to invade Iraq. This war resulted in driving the Iraqi forces out of Kuwait and there was a Ceasfire and the war did not come to a final conclusion because the dictator Saddam Hussein continued to rule Iraq with cruelty and impunity.

After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. the United States got involved in the War against Afghanistan. The whole nation supported this War because it was waged against Osama bin Laden, the Taliban and Al Qaeda that attacked America.

The U.S. War with Iraq is Justified but not Popular

The War against Iraq has different causes from the War against Afghanistan. Since Iraq did not attack America so many Americans think that U.S. should not have invaded Iraq in 2003. Here are several reasons why the United States got involved in the War with Iraq.

The United States stated that the intent of the War with Iraq was to remove "a regime that developed and used weapons of mass destruction that harbored and supported terrorists, committed outrageous human rights abuses, and defied the just demands of the United Nations and the world".Additional reasons have been suggested: "to change the Middle East so as to deny support for militant Islam by pressuring or transforming the nations and transnational systems that support it."For the invasion of Iraq the rationale was "the United States relied on the authority of UN Security Council Resolutions 678 and 687 to use all necessary means to compel Iraq to comply with its international obligations".

In the lead-up to the invasion, the U.S. and UK emphasized the argument that Saddam Hussein was developing "weapons of mass destruction" and thus presented an imminent threat to his neighbors, to the U.S., and to the world community. The US stated "on November 8, 2002, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1441. All fifteen members of the Security Council agreed to give Iraq a final opportunity to comply with its obligations and disarm or face the serious consequences of failing to disarm.

Unlike the Gulf War in 1991 there was no official support from the United Nations for the 2003 War with Iraq. However, in October 2002 the U.S. Congress approved the Public Law No: 107-243, authorizing the Iraq War. It is called "Iraq Resolution" and "Iraq War Resolution" that are popular names for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

The Resolution cited Many Factors to Justify the Use of Military Force Against Iraq:

The authorization was sought by President George W. Bush and passed the House by a vote of 296 - 133, and passed the Senate by a vote of 77-23.It was signed into law by President Bush on October 16, 2002.

The 2003 War in Iraq was a Huge Success

"Mission Accomplished", a military phrase associated with completing a mission, is in recent years particularly associated with a sign displayed on the USS Abraham Lincoln during a televised address by United States President George W. Bush on May 1, 2003.

Reviewing the quick progress of the 6-week-old Operation Iraqi Freedom, Bush said it "was carried out with a combination of precision, speed and boldness the enemy did not expect -- and the world had not seen before."

"With new tactics and precision weapons, we can achieve military objectives without directing violence against civilians. No device of man can remove the tragedy from war. Yet it is a great advance when the guilty have far more to fear from war than the innocent."

The president said the United States and its allies fought to bring peace to the world.

"The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September 11th, 2001, and still goes on."

Bush said that in the 19 months since the attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, "nearly half of al Qaeda's senior operatives have been captured or killed."

Bush described al Qaeda as "wounded, but not destroyed" and said the United States would continue to hunt down members of the terrorist network.

He also said removing Saddam from power would make other nations less vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

"We have removed an ally of al Qaeda, and cut off a source of terrorist funding. And this much is certain: No terrorist network will gain weapons of mass destruction from the Iraqi regime, because that regime is no more."

General David Petraeus’ Report on U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Iraq

Associated Press - Updated 3:41 p.m. CT, Tues., April. 8, 2008

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in Iraq told Congress Tuesday that hard-won gains in the war zone are too fragile to promise any troop pullouts beyond this summer, holding his ground against impatient Democrats and refusing to commit to more withdrawals before President Bush leaves office in January.

In testimony that featured questioning by the major presidential candidates, Army Gen. David Petraeus painted a picture of Iraq as a nation struggling to suppress violence among its own people. In order to move toward the political reconciliation that President Bush said a year ago was the ultimate aim of his new Iraq strategy, which included sending more than 20,000 extra combat troops.

Security is getting better, and Iraq's own forces are becoming more able, Petraeus said. But he also ticked off a list of reasons for worry, including the threat of a resurgence of Sunni or Shiite extremist violence. He highlighted Iran as a special concern, for its training and equipping of extremists.

The Petraeus plan, which President Bush is expected to embrace, reflects a conservative approach that leaves open the possibility that roughly 140,000 U.S. troops could remain in Iraq when the president leaves office in 2009.

Question: Is the War in Iraq a Good Thing for the United States to get involved in?

Answer: There are good and bad points about the U.S. involvement in the War in Iraq.

The good points are (1) Hugh U.S. Military Success within a few short weeks, (2) Change of Iraq's Regime from Dictatorship to Democracy (3) Capture, imprisonment, trial and execution of Saddam Hussein (4) Reduction of Al Qaeda influence in Iraq.

The bad points are (1) Fighting amongst Iraqis continued, (2) More than 4,000 Americans dead and about 30,000 wounded. (3) It costs the U.S. $9 Billion a month to let the troops stay in Iraq.

Since the United States started the War in Iraq it must end it with dignity and with the assurance of stability in that region. Early U.S. troop's withdrawal from Iraq will embolden Iraq's hostile neighbor Iran to continue its nuclear program in defiance of the United Nations' sanctions. Besides, Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened to annihilate Israel.

For the peace of the world, if not only for the stabilization of the Middle East, the United States troops may have to stay in Iraq for a much longer period of time than what Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have promised they would do if one of them were to be elected as the president of the United States.

John McCain had made a statement that the United States military could stay in Iraq for "maybe a hundred years" and that "would be fine with me." He later explained what he meant. McCain noted that the United States still maintains troops in South Korea and Japan. He said he had no objection to U.S. soldiers staying in Iraq for decades, "as long as Americans are not being injured, harmed or killed."

The truth of the matter is that all the three presidential candidates Hillary, Obama and McCain, do not have any clue about what the final conclusion in the Iraq War will be. Only God knows and He has it written in the last book of the Holy Bible - Revelation which we shall study later.


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      6 years ago

      I’ve read garbage before but this article takes the cake. The only people that think that the Iraq war was a good thing are, stupid, hard-core, right wing, uneducated, hillbilly, white trash scumbags. The military industrial complex made a fortune on this war and the nonmilitary private sector was sent into a depression. Bush will go down in history as one of the worst presidents this country ever had. But you tea party swine are too stupid to understand the truth. Take a look at yourselves, unshaven, unwashed, tattoo infested and you believe in invisible people that have magical powers who live in the sky. Instead of arguing about politics why don’t you clean up that junk yard in front of your trailer and try to get an education above the sixth grade. You people are what’s wrong with this country. You’ve dumbed down your children with home schooling to the point that being stupid is a goal that they can cherish. You vote against your own well being to support the rich pigs that enjoy keeping you stupid. You’ve never looked at a textbook in your life preferring the nonsense of the bible. You’ve helped the corporate pigs destroy the middle class by union busting. You secretly admire Hitler for his racist views and if he were alive today you’d elect him president. This war was a total sham and had nothing to do with 911 or WMD’s. Bush wanted to get us involve in a war with Iraq even before 911 to protect Israel. He used the 911 attacks as a propaganda tool to get us involve knowing that Iraq had nothing to do with 911 and that they did not have WMD’s. All our war dead lost their lives protecting Israeli interests not the US. Lets not forget the Iraqis that lost their lives in this stupid war. Next time you’re at a tea party rally look around and ask yourself do I really belong here? If you say yes then I’ll tell you I’ve had things that dropped out of my ass that are smarter than you.

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      7 years ago

      war was great!

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      7 years ago

      The war was a shameful waste of resources, lives, and money. The fact that you say it is "an unpopular war" does not make it justified. To tell you the truth, nobody will be able to change the minds of people who can't see the forest from the trees. And, finally, after 50 years when all the information is in and it'll be a travesty for Bush and his whole group, they'll all be dead and the families are left with no choice than to defend the war because they will never have had justice. Bush knows what he did, and he can't admit it cause the skeleton is to big to admit to; too dastardly to own.

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      8 years ago

      it is good we are not going to see any threat form saddam. the world now is saft with out saddam eyes.

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      9 years ago

      :) wow all your arguments will be perfect for my speaking and listening debate about the war on iraq :) thanks for the opinions (dw i will reference that they came from here, so this is not plagiarism)

    • Kyle246 profile image


      9 years ago from United States

      Interesting Hub. But I don't think that the war was good for America.

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      9 years ago

      ha ha the statue fell now he dont have legs and he standing on his hand

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      9 years ago

      War can and is good for the economy because it is giving jobs to the unempoyed. If we weren't currently in war the unemplopyment rate would sky rocket not only that war gives young adults education increasing there chance of a better and higher paid job. Yes there is a bad side to but war can be a good thing. It stimulates the economy, It can build national pride. It can be very lucrative for the winning side also. The bad thing about war is the loss of lives, and the money . War is like forest fires; you cannot prevent forest fires any old advertisement showing Smokey the bear was really a flaw in human thinking long ago. Forest fires are a natural thing that has taken place for millions of years... And so has war.War is in our blood its been around ever since the begining of earth. Thinking you can prevent war is somewhat ignorant.

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      9 years ago

      hell no,

      how can you say that this war is crap, we lost 5,000 americans on 911. this war is what was needed because if we would have sat on our hands and done nothing than there would have been another incident like the tragedy on 911.

      p.s. for those of you who dont think this war is justified, then your just dumb. We joined world war 2 because the japanese bombed pearl harbor, so how are we not justified to go to war with the middle east when terrorists highjack several planes and crash them into buildings.

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      10 years ago

      in some ways it helped. the war was niether good or bad

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      10 years ago

      Iraq was the only secular country in the middle east, Saddam took ques from Stalin. We also supplied him with plenty of weapons in the eighties in their brutal war with Iran.Should have invaded Saudi Arabia instead of Bush holding hands with the king or whatever he is.

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      Hell N0 

      10 years ago

      This war is a piece of crap and so is your understanding of why we are there. We are there for two reasons:

      Bush's croneys have much to gain financially and Dubya's daddy had to be evenged for the attempt on his life. I agree with everything that Sal says with the exception of:

      you (Ark) are teaching the scriptures. You wouldn't know the gospel if it were screamed in to your spiritually dead ears.

      By the way, our country is in shambles because of the policies under the previous administration.

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      11 years ago

      Hello my Friend the Arkwriter,

      Is the war in Irag justfied? Is the war in Afganistan justified. Shouldn't we get even with the Moslem for 911. Some very important questions? I see that some  who write are peeved about these wars. And think that GWB is right. Well the facts are against Mr. GWB. First of all how do you  pin the blame on Osama Ben Laden or Sadem Hussein . Only if you lie about what actually happened. So actually to believe that some guy in cave with Computer in Afganistan was buddie up with another bad guy in Iraq is a big whopper of a lie. Well,these things have never been proved but only assumed.

      Both the cool guy in Afganistan and the other guy in Iraq were set up by the CIA in past deals to make them look as if they were our allies but then turnd against the good old USA. Both wars have been well tought out by the War Mongers of the New World Order bankers who are scoundrels who wage war only for their profit. GWB and his pals are part of this big deception. Our young men have been put into a meat grinder by these ruthless control freaks to kill our young men and forment more war in the name Of "Christianity" verses  Moslems. The Moslems are the fall guys in this fraud. They were not on those planes that hit the Twin Towers, the Pentegon or crashed in Pennslvania. One big hoax to make you think that we are under attack by the Terrorist Moslims bent on destroying the good old USA. No our leaders are our worst enemies and should be put in prison as criminals for the murder of Afgans, Iraq's and our own US citizsens and soldiers. Do you need help understanding these things spoken of long ago in God's word the Bible. Try and you will get a big eye full of what is eally going on.

      The Lionswhelp

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      11 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

      Dear Fellow Hubbers,

      This is a reminder that Arkwriter denies publication of any comment that has offensive and insulting remarks on any other hubber. Please be polite and considerate in your language when you write to this hub. May God bless you.


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      SJK VDO 

      11 years ago

      Wow where do I begin. I agree with Arkwriter when he says God knows what he is going to do in the Middle East. Please read my article: Pres. Bush = King Asa.I agree with most of Sal's comments although I disagree with his comment that no one can comment without a stake in Iraq. I am a 1st amendment guy. Anyone can make a comment.From a biblical perspective, we will only know if this is the end times when the Christians get ruptured and the heathens continue fighting in Iraq for OIL.

      From a human perspective,

      Remember that it was the USA that put Saddam in power in Iraq when we had our regime change to remove the Shah of Iraq when he nationalized the OIL fields and look at what we reaped with that abomination. Now the BUSHwhacker wants another regime change and has reaped what he has sowed – chaos, mayhem, anarchy and higher OIL prices. If these are worthy causes then by all means continue this war. If not, then we need to remove our troops immediately. We have given the Iraqi’s plenty of time (5+ years) to engage themselves in this war. If they don’t care; I don’t care. It is my prediction that Iraq will be split up as soon as we leave whether we leave tomorrow or as insane McCain says a 100 years from now.The BUSHwhacker and his Nazi style propagandists have tried to convince America and the world that this war is needed. Using several tools of manipulation, such as Saddam attacked my daddy so I want to murder him, WMDs in Iraq, “Peace thru War”, Patriotism (which is what Hitler used), the Iraqi people want democracy even though they don’t know what it is, peace in the Middle East (which has been the biggest joke of all humanity) read the Bible it will never happen, Mission Accomplished yet not finished (that’s a mind twister), we need to invade Iran because they have WMDs while the BUSHwhacker bribed Musharuf of Pakistan who actually has WMDs and has harbored terrorists (more of the missing village idiot’s genius coming thru) and much more.It is clear that the BUSHwhackers have lied, deceived, and propagandisized us and they need to be IMPEACHED.Please visit my other Hubs regarding this topic: Iraq Mission and Pres. Bush

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      11 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

       Dear Sal Walker,

      We'll follow your idea on who is qualified to speak on the War in Iraq!

      The person who talks the most about the War in Iraq this past year is Barack Obama.  He does not have a "direct stake in or experience" with it.  The next person is Hillary Clinton.  Neither did she or her husband Bill have any "direct stake in or experience" with it. 

      Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton should keep their mouths shut regarding the War in Iraq.

      Of the three candidates still running for the presidency only John McCain is the one who is most qualified to talk about the War in Iraq.  He was not only a Vietnam veteran, a P.O.W. but also a war hero.  John McCain kept silent about his own son Jimmy serving in Iraq.

      So, let's all shut up and listen to John McCain on what he has to say about the War in Iraq.


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      Sal Walker 

      11 years ago from Around the way

      It's probably best that you don't speak on things that you don't have a direct stake in or experience with. Unless you or someone in your family is involved in this war you should keep your mouth shut on this topic. You have no direct empathy to guide you and any way of understanding any part of this war without that direct contact.

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      11 years ago

      In 1980 I was driving a Taxi in Fla. I picked up this guy and we went got to talking so much that we went to have a drink and he said to me "Guess where I am going"? I said where? He said , "I am going to Iraq". I said "What are you going to do there"? He said, " I am going to work on a cyclotrine"? I said, "A Cyclotrone"? I said, " A Cyclotrone is used for nuclear enrichment". He said, "I know I know i work on them". I said, "The United States don't want you to do that". He said, "The United States is not the one paying me". I imeadiately got up and left. Also there was some WMD found but not very much for it was sent to Iran but the real goofy thing is that Iraq sent its 70 Jets to Iran and its 70 punds of uranium to Iran also from what I studied and remember and that tells me even though Iraq and Iran were enimies they were willing to forget the 8 million dead differences and side in against the United States and that has got me angry enough to say well lets get Irag just for its hatred of America for if they could not get Wmd back then then it was in OUR intrest to stop them anyway which we did. I wrote George W. Bush two years before sept 11 to go into Iraw and finish what his Father started and I still make no apollogy for that. Also I read on a CIA website that after Bill Clinton won and George H Bush lost he went to Kuwaite and did you know that Iraqi intelegence officers tried to get the Ex Pres into a car that blew up but the Ex pres did not get in that car. Now to me that is an Act of War with or without WMD. They got what they deserved for a people are responcible for there leaders just as much as leaders are responcible for there citizens.

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      Sal Walker 

      11 years ago from Around the way

      Your argument leaks like a sieve.  I don't even know where to begin.

      When a leader screws things up in the corporate world he is fired.  This president sent living beings – flesh and blood - into a country with erroneous intelligence and had them kill and be killed, and he is still the president.  What does that say about this country?

      Why don't you check with Hans Blix and the UN to see about what really happened with the whole WMD thing. 

      As for justifying the invasion because of Saddam's oppression of his own people, I say:

      1. See Regan Envoy Donald Rumsfeld meeting with Hussein back in '83 and see how the US had a direct hand in murdering thousands of innocent Kurds.

      2. Refer to oppression going on right now in North Korea and the mass genocide in Darfur and other parts of Africa.  Where are our troops there?

      Don’t be mistaken, there was great evil that went into this invasion that was devised by people much more intelligent than your beloved and idolized president Bush.  Some mighty plans had been in the works since the days of Nixon and Ford and when their deceit finally came to a boil, hundreds of thousands of innocents would be slaughtered and maimed.  Destroying people's lives, their families, their minds….All so you and the gang can go fill up the 17-passenger SUV with petrol, drive over to Old Country Buffet and Hog House for the all-you-can-stomach glutton special and then off to the Wal Mart for some useless trinkets made by some third-world heathens. Ain’t this country great. 

      I guess the one thing I agree with you on is that we have a mess to clean up in Iraq.  We're responsible for leaving this country better than we found it. 

      The reason I asked you earlier if you had any family in the military is because I was positive that you didn't.  Isn't it funny that the biggest cheerleaders of this war are those who have no direct stake in it.  Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and the Arkwriter all sit on their throwns, so self righteous, indignantly spewing their sermons of superiority onto the dirty, subservient masses.  People too stupid and poor to do anything else.  They should consider themselves lucky to fight and die so these “elite” can live on.

      Here’s what I always tell a chicken hawk when I meet them:  Get your gun and get in the fight or get out of the country.  And since you might be a little old why don’t you send those grandkids.  They’ll love the desert in the summer.  It’s exquisite.



      P.S.: I’m sure my words upset you.  That’s good though.  It means that you are taking offence because deep down you know that there is much in what you say that is wrong.  God bless you for teaching the scriptures and I hope to God that you never stop.  But I also hope to God that you do it in a way that builds people up rather than tearing them down.  Please think of what Jesus would do before you speak.  We all slip sometimes and it helps to get a wake-up call now and then.  Good morning, Arkwriter.

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      11 years ago from Tennessee USA

      A great and well researched hub. Iraq is very unpopular war, and the reason for America's struggle is America - not Iraq or the resistance. Too many in the USA are undermining the war effort, our troops, and our leadership. If we were united and resolved, there would be a safe, stable, democratic presence in the middle east. Our security and the world's would benefit.

      We are still the greates couintry in the World!


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