The Containment Policy Established By George W. Bush After The Gulf War

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The Containment Policy established by George W. Bush after the Gulf War is the most viable option for the United States. The Containment Policy strictly sustains the status quo, and is inexpensive in terms of blood, money, and political capital.The Containment Policy will halter the making of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and will ensure free oil flow 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 discussing the strategic viability of sanctions and their effect on the Iraqi economy, finally explaining the importance of oil in Iraq 's economy. 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, potentially resulting 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, “Iraqi military capabilities north of the thirty-sixth parallel. Aircraft were assigned to protect humanitarian operations on the ground, covering U.S. military and aid personnel in the event that they had to flee an attack by Saddam 's forces.” This quotation is significant because it proves that no-fly…

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