The USA was spreading democracy
The USA OIL corporatocracy was acquiring assets
Saddam was a big threat and had to be taken out
none of the above
More specifically, I think Iraq was about settling a vendetta for the Bush family, but it did come attached to highly lucrative oil and infrastructure contracts whose acquired wealth has not trickled down to the American economy.
I think invading Iraq really called into question everything about 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan and made the world's faith in our nation seriously decline.
I can't look at American foreign policy anymore without drawing the conclusion that our government is becoming increasingly clandestine.
The war, of course, started by Saddam.
The Iran–Iraq War was extremely costly in lives and material, one of the deadliest wars since World War II. Both countries were devastated by the effect of the war. It cost Iran an estimated 1 million casualties, killed or wounded, and Iranians continue to suffer and die as a consequence of Iraq's use of chemical weapons. Iraqi casualties are estimated at 250,000–500,000 killed or wounded. Thousands of civilians died on both sides in air raids and ballistic missile attacks.
Self-righteousness really gets to me.
And who was supporting Saddam during that poison gas use you spoke of?Initially, the Iraqi government welcomed the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1978–79, having had a common enemy with them in the deposed Shah. The call, first made by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in June 1979 for Iraqi Shias to overthrow the Ba'ath regime was therefore received with considerable shock in Baghdad. On 17 July 1979, despite Khomeini's call, the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein gave a speech praising the Iranian revolution, and called for Iraqi-Iranian friendship based upon non-interference in each other's internal affairs. When Khomeini ignored Hussein's overture, and continued with his call for a Shia revolution in Iraq, the Iraqi regime was seriously alarmed. [...]
The repeated calls for the overthrow of the Ba'ath regime and the support extended to Iraqi Shia groups by the new regime in Iran led Hussein to increasingly perceive the Iranian regime as a mortal threat that if ignored, might one day overthrow him.
Yes Oil had NOTHING to do with it? Are you serious? I hope you don't vote. People like you might be the very reason why an electorial college is in place.#3 comes the closest to being true, but doesn't quite get there. The War in Iraq was about one thing and one thing only..... The attempted plot by Saddam Hussein and several other groups in the Middle East to assassinate the FIRST President Bush. It was about Junior protecting Daddy, and that's pretty much it.
Last edited by sookster; 01-14-12 at 07:23 PM.
Some Iraqis deserve Saddam. **** em.