Containment Policy : A Strategy For The Middle East

1619 Words May 25th, 2016 7 Pages
Containment: Sticking to the Status Quo – A Strategy for The Middle East
The containment policy established by George Bush Sr. after the Gulf War is the most viable option for the United States when deciding how to stabilize the Middle East. A political strategy of containment strictly sustains the status quo, and is inexpensive in terms of blood, money, and political capital. Furthering the United States’ containment policy in the context of Iraq will halter the making of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, ensuring the free flow of oil from the Gulf, while preventing Iraq from threatening its neighbors. For this reason, a political strategy of containment is comparatively advantageous to the alternative. This essay will begin by examining the effect of no-fly zones on the Iraqi government, moving to discuss weapons inspections, discussing the strategic viability of sanctions and their effect on the Iraqi economy, finally explaining the advantages containment holds over intervention. By continuing the establishment of no-fly zones in both North and South Iraq, the United States would ensure that the Iraqi military is unable to increase its momentum in the region, something that could potentially result in Iraq’s acquisition of weapons of mass destruction. The Northern no-fly zone is established to promote humanitarian efforts in the region. According to Phillip Gibbons, a journalist at the Washington Institute, these no-fly zones were, “originally…
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