The Argument About The War On Iraq

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The Argument about the War on Iraq
The United States attacked Iraq on March 20, 2003, after months of threats and a long military buildup. It cooperated with more than thirty-one countries for this invasion. One of the biggest events of the past decade, the Iraq war has been dominating news outlets, especially in the Middle East. This war has caused the biggest casualties of civilians in the history of Iraq and the US Army for several decades. According to the "The Invasion of Iraq: A Balance Sheet" by Brian Jenkins, "The Iraq War cost the lives of 4,480 U.S. soldiers and at least 3,400 U.S. contractors. In addition, 31,928 American soldiers were wounded in action, many suffering serious disabilities that will impose a continuing burden
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The war in Iraq lasted for eight years and resulted in many casualties; the cost of the war was tremendous. The reason for the war changed as time went by, starting with getting rid of weapons of mass destruction and then, when the weapons of mass destruction were not found, the name changed to Iraqi Freedom. A debate between two writers that emerged of the war in Iraq shows different perspectives. Writer John Mueller, who holds the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at Ohio State University, makes the case against war on Iraq. Also, writer Brink Lindsey, who is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, is in favor of this war. This paper will examine the perspectives as reported by both John Mueller and Brink Lindsey as they argue about the case of the United States invading Iraq. I will conclude from the evidence that the war on Iraq was unnecessary and counterproductive because it increased not decreased the terrorism, refugee crises, cost lives and money without achieving any of its objectives.
John Mueller explains his opinion in his article, and he is against this war. The reasons that led to this war are the weakness of the Iraqi military and the lack of support by the regime. Mueller clarifies that it was unlikely that Hussein would attack the United States because any conflict with a Western country would lead to weakening his control over the nation. According to the article "What 's the Rush?" by Mueller, "The Kurds have
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