Sunday, March 18, 2007

Clear Reasons for the Iraq War

Tomorrow, March 29, marks the 4th year of the War in Iraq. Many have and will comment about the cause of the war, but of those articles I've encountered primarily can list only one or two causes for the war. This morning, I listened to NPR as Liane Hanson interviewed Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Cordesman said the main reason for the war was

...never made precisely clear. The main rationale for the war was that Iraq was acquiring weapons of mass destruction and long range missiles, and it was to destroy them. At the same time, people talked about removing Saddam Hussein's tyranny.
That's about as close as he got to fully answering the question. I was very disappointed as Tony Cordesman is a really bright guy, an expert in his field, and this was the best he could do - weapons of mass destruction and long range missiles...oh, and something about removing tyranny.

Pathetic.

Salman Rushedme, a commenter at Iraq the Model back on Feb. 7, 2005 listed the reasons as stated by President Bush and his staff on numerous occasions including in the State of the Union Speech [I've listed the points for easier reading].

WMD was presented as ONE OF MANY reasons to depose Saddam Hussein. Human rights and the spread of Democracy were also clearly stated throughout the process.

Actually, there were eight main reasons given for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and paving the way for representative government in Iraq was the seventh and seemed top be an afterthought. Here are the reasons: The military objectives of Operation Iraqi Freedom consist of

First, ending the regime of Saddam Hussein;

Second, to identify, isolate and eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction;

Third, to search for, to capture and to drive out terrorists from the country;

Fourth, to collect intelligence related to terrorist networks;

Fifth, to collect such intelligence as is related to the global network of illicit weapons of mass destruction;

Sixth, to end sanctions and to immediately deliver humanitarian support to the displaced and to many needed citizens;

Seventh, to secure Iraq's oil fields and resources, which belong to the Iraqi people;

Finally, to help the Iraqi people create conditions for a transition to a representative self-government.

Salman Rushedme 02.07.05 - 8:09 pm

All of these goals were and are consistent with the Clinton Administration passed law that stated it was the policy of the United States to remove Saddam Hussein from power, eliminate any WMD and/or programs, and provide a self-sustaining independent state to the Iraqi people. The opportunity presented itself after the bombings of 9/11 and President Bush followed the law as prepared by his predecessor.

The war turned out to be more difficult and longer than officials said, but that was the case with the Civil War, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the VietNam War, and many others. Each of these wars, officials promised "the war will be over by Christmas." Wars are never clean and easy and we would be fools to believe otherwise. But, this war, like so many of the past, will be judged to have been worth the effort, the blood, and the treasure.

Let's not forget that the reasons were many more than WMD and maybe remove a tyranical regime. There were eight well defined and stated reasons for war all of which were codified into US law and foreign policy. And those reasons were supported by the majority of the nations of the world, at least until the shooting started and the steady supply of illegally obtained money and oil was interrupted.


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7 comments:

dcat said...

Hey Indigo,

CNN was a real riot this past week when I was in BC that seemed the channel of choice.

So lucky for me I didn’t stay in the room all that much. I would have had to pay for a smashed to hell tv set as well as the window to throw it out of...ok medical for the poor sap below…etc.

Not worth the trouble we all know that loons live in a delusional state.

Cappy said...

Thanks for listening to NPR. Somebody has to. I won't.

Don said...

I'd rather shave my head with a cheese grater than listen to NPR.

Mike's America said...

I too am disappointed with Tony Cordesman. But it shows how successful the partisan politicization of this war is.

Tony and the rest of the national security crowd in DC are smart enough to think in larger terms than one or two issues like WMD.

I've often said that the importance of Iraq can be summed up as the "keystone" in a larger strategy. Much as President Bush has stated it himself. To transform that country from a member in the axis of evil, and we know they were involved in terrorism on multiple levels, to a "Model" much as name "Iraq the Model" suggests.

Despite the media's efforts to ignore it, President Bush has also rightly held up the example of Japan. Here was a nation with an extreme military dictatorship that savaged much of the Pacific rim, and attacked the United States.

We NUKED them, TWICE and killed millions of Japanese. We A. Defeated them and B. Transformed their society into what it is today.

Pretty tall order to repeat that success, but certainly better than shooting for second best.

P.S. I am now on my SECOND try to post this comment with that DAMN stupid Google login and squiggly word thingee!!! I'd rather read spam comments than go through this guantlet just for the thrill of showering you all with my wit and wisdom.

Mike's America said...

Just for the record: It took as long to get through the stupid comment verification and login as it did to write the comment!!!!!

Crankshaft said...

Did any of the 8 goals work? It doesn't seem like it.

Is It Really A War Against Terror?

Indigo Red said...

Crankshaft,

It wouldn't hurt you or anyone else to at least admit to the truth of the situation. I don't like Clinton, but even I can list things he did right.

1) ending the regime of Saddam Hussein - DONE;

2) to identify, isolate and eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction - DONE, THEY WERE EITHER REMOVED BEFORE THE WAR OR DIDN'T EXIST. BUUT, IT REMAINS THAT THE WORLD'S LEADERS BELIEVED THE WAEPONS WERE THERE;

3) to search for, to capture and to drive out terrorists from the country - WORK IN PROGRESS AS THE TERRORIST NET HAS CHOSEN IRAQ AS THE BATTLEFIELD;

4) to collect intelligence related to terrorist networks - ON GOING, INTEL IS BEING GATHERED;

5) to collect such intelligence as is related to the global network of illicit weapons of mass destruction - BROUGHT DOWN THE KHAN CONSORTIUM WHICH LED TO THE N.KOREAN AND IRANIAN NUKE PROGRAMS;

6) to end sanctions and to immediately deliver humanitarian support to the displaced and to many needed citizens - DONE;

7) to secure Iraq's oil fields and resources, which belong to the Iraqi people - WOULD BE DONE IF THE BAD GUYS AND DEMOCRATS WOULD STOP BLOWING UP THE FACILITIES, OTHER THAN THAT, IRAQ'S OIL OUTPUT NEARLY MATCHES THAT OF PRE-WAR IRAQ DESPITE THE SABOTAGE;

8) to help the Iraqi people create conditions for a transition to a representative self-government - IRAQ HAS AWRITTEN CONSTITUTION, FREELY ELECTED GOOVERNMENT, A DEVELOPING MILITARY, A RISING STOCK MARKET, RISING PERSONAL INCOMES FROM $150/MTH TO $280/MTH AVE. IN SHORT - DONE.