The 2003 invasion of Iraq was a complete disaster period.
The reasons for making such an assertion can be found on all sides of the equation. In regards to Americans, 4,488 servicemen were killed directly and 32,223 troops were injured. In addition, 1.7 trillion dollars have been spent by the U.S. Treasury Department on this invasion until 2013, which could have been spent improving American Infrastructure. The numbers are frustrating when examined carefully as one can further dig into how such a large amount of taxpayer’s money that was wasted. Perhaps the most ridiculous factor regarding the war is the conclusion and findings in regards to the purpose of the mission. After all the money and suffering of the war, it turned out that their were indeed no weapons of mass destruction found. Basically, the claims based on supposed intelligence that validated the invasion ended up being false and nothing more than speculation.
It is also necessary to examine the war from the other angles, mainly that of the invaded peoples. The removal of Saddam Hussein was a plus for much of the population as he was guilty of committing significant atrocities and debatably genocide against some of Iraq’s minorities. What came after, however, was even more devastating. It is important to note the country was still recovering from the devastating Iran-Iraq War in the 80’s and the invasion of Kuwait. Therefore, it is logical to conclude that another war only halted any rebuilding of the infrastructure that was taking place. Other important issues include the continued corruption of the government and sectarian violence. Fast forward to today and we have a new player in the game, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS. This is an organization characterized by a hate for Western Influence and brutality towards its enemies that is unrivaled in the 21st century.
That brings us to the question of whether or not the United States should return to Iraq in order to deal with the problem of ISIS. While the nation is undoubtedly somewhat responsible for the creation and growth of this organization, is it worth it? ISIS has grown so rapidly as a result of strong anti-West sentiment that stems from colonialism and an interventionist attitude. If the United States were to adopt an isolationist policy, if only to deal with its domestic issues such as the economy, it may be in their interest. This is a difficult topic of discussion, but it must be confronted in order to deal with rationally and responsibly.
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