The Big Four And The War In Iraq

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The war in Iraq has become a controversial issue in the United States. Many are opposed and even more want the troops to come home. How did the war start? There were four big players that played a major role in starting the conflict, according to the article that was published in Time Magazine, and it made clear who those four people were and the impact they had in the Iraqi conflict.I want to start with the most important of the 'big four', George W. Bush. The President of the United States is the biggest contributor to the war. He is the main reason why the war got started. As the commander-in-chief, he had the power and the reasons (Saddam Hussein, WMDs) to motivate the country and 'make the world safe for democracy".Vice President Dick Cheney is another driving force in the war effort. According to the article, Cheney was against ...view middle of the document...

Powell insisted that the war should be fought with an international backing, and he was the one who influenced the President to talk with the United Nations and try to get their support.If Bush is the most important of the 'big four', it is only because of the influence of Paul Wolfowitz. Wolfowitz " was like a parrot bringing Iraq up all the time." Wolfowitz is the Deputy Sec'y of Defense and he was planning to topple Saddam for a very long time and after September 11, he got the perfect opportunity to make the President declare war and remove the brutal dictator.I don't think Gulf War II is an extension of Gulf War I. In fact, I think it is the opposite. The Persian Gulf War (Gulf War I) was fought to stop Saddam from invading Kuwait. It was a desperate attempt by the United States to make Saddam go back to Iraq, while keeping him in power and it was something that was very successful. The war now is fought to remove Saddam and make Iraq a democratic nation by means of occupation. I can recall from the article, that the first Gulf War was based on the idea that there would be no occupation by the US in Iraq, but all that has changed now. Another major difference between the two wars is that the first one was popular and there was 'international backing' for the United States, but the second one is extremely unpopular and the globe has little or no support for the US this time. Even the United States itself is split in the issue, and about 49% of the people are opposed to the war. I believe that Gulf War II is just George Bush's way of having his revenge on the tyrant, Saddam Hussein and according to the article, a way to show everyone that "Iraq is the first step in an American-led effort to make the world a safer place". For all the reasons I mentioned above, I feel that Gulf War II is not an extension of Gulf War I.

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