Intervention Of The Iraq War Essay

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In the years leading up to and during the Iraq War, the United States pursued a neo-conservative agenda that aimed to dismantle Saddam Hussein’s regime, eliminate the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), and install a democratic government in Iraq. To do so, U.S. policymakers deployed military forces and diplomatic ambassadors to intervene. This strategy, clearly seen during the early invasion in 2003 and the surge of 2007, produced mixed reactions. Indeed, more than a decade after the U.S. decision to mediate, the question remains: Can intervention actually work? To answer this question, it is important to first define what intervention means in the context of Iraq. Intervention involved a combination of military might, cultural sensitivity, and tactful diplomacy. U.S. military forces engaged in more aggressive offensive maneuvers to subdue Saddam Hussein and insurgents, while ambassadors advised, often navigating the tenuous relationships between different ethnic groups. With this definition in mind, intervention was particularly effective in three specific instances throughout the U.S. occupation of Iraq: during the 2003 neutralization of Saddam Hussein and the successful establishment of the Kirkuk Provincial Council, during the 2007 “Surge”, and during the drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq. The first of the aforementioned successes, can be best understood by analyzing the early impacts of invasion. During that time, as the main body of coalition forces

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