...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.
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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