The nation building efforts in Iraq have received a considerable amount of commentary either supporting those efforts or denouncing them. This essay takes a look at the various viewpoints before concluding whether the American efforts to rebuild Iraq are successful. The mission to Iraq is considered by many to be failed equivalent to the War in Vietnam. However, others credit the war to preserving world peace by ensuring that Iraq did not have in its possession weapons of mass destruction. More still argue that the true intentions of the U.S. was never to attempt to secure the planet from a nuclear warhead attack, and the mission was instead driven by oil. Whatever the true intentions were when ex-president George W Bushordered his troops to enter the nation, the current concern is over the rebuilding efforts. Despite the efforts to rebuild Iraq, and some positive economic data coming out of the country since the rebuilding efforts, the mission as a whole was a diplomatic failure, and the U.S. should allow Iraq to rebuild itself, under its own prerogative – after all, Iraq is rich with oil, and can afford its own redevelopment.
While some positive economic stats have been released since the rebuilding efforts in Iraq, the improvements in the economy are merely a result of the nation not being invaded anymore. . “… this year Iraq will have the 12th-fastest-growing economy in the world…” (Brooks, 3). This stat is completely taken out of context. Any nation that has been struggling with the perils of war for the past decade will certainly experience an improvement in the economic output once that war has subsided. Brooks is completely off-base with his claim that the improved economy in the nation is a result of the rebuilding efforts. It is instead a result of the nation not being under persistent invasion by the U.S.
While the United States claims to have entered Iraq to apprehend weapons of mass destruction, none were found and they are still calling the slaughter of thousands of people a success. “… it was a campaign whose purpose was vague and success in doubt since there were no weapons of mass destruction and socio-political breakdown is a distinct possibility in such a polarized tribal nation” (Ehrlich, 1). Ehrlich provides a important point. The world should never forget the reason given to the public about why the U.S. decided to enter Iraq. 9-11 was used as an opportunity to create propaganda related to terrorism, and the attacks and Iraq are in fact completely unrelated. The true reason behind the invasion is not known, and the U.S. fails to recognize that the invasion was a failure. Instead, Republican journalists are ignoring what more reasoned reporters such as Ehrlich is saying.
Much of the terror that America caused in Iraq was not scrutinized closely enough, partially due to much of the economic turmoil in which the U.S. was participating for much of the invasion. “Too little political attention has been paid to the war in general and in Iraq in particular” (Babbin, 3). The right questions are only being asked by some journalists. The U.S. invasion was not justified, and therefore America had no right being in Iraq in the first place, let alone in its efforts to rebuild the nation.
The war in Iraq was claimed by ex-president George W Bush to be due to weapons of mass destruction, but after Saddam Hussein was killed, the war went on for another 8 years, indicating that the U.S. invasion was not due to WMDs. “It should have ended the day he was pulled from his ‘spider-hole’ on Dec. 13” (Jonas, 2). The fact that it was not shows that America mislead the world in declaring its intentions. This proof shows, again, that American had no right being in Iraq in the first place, and, furthermore, had no right staying in Iraq to rebuild the nation.
Many claim that it was necessary for America to invade Iraq because the nation was a threat to humanity. But as was indicated by the lack of WMDs, American was wrong in its assertion that Iraq needed to be occupied, and this provides enough basis for the U.S. to not remain in Iraq for the rebuilding efforts. Despite how some might try to justify the occupation and rebuilding efforts – citing faulty economic logic in the process – the fact is that America should never have been in Iraq, and should have allowed the nation to rebuild itself, according to its rules, with the bounty of money collected from its oil resents.
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