Operation Iraqi liberation (O.I.L)
Is this thread to discuss the origins of the Iraq War and US involvement in the Middle East?
Just did a report on that, if that is what this thread is about. Count me in! :D
human6: For real!? I guess they decided it was a little too obvious regarding one of the main objectives of the US.
They changed it to Operation Enduring Freedom probably for that reason haha
I have an honest question that I've always been curious about and hopefully I can get a good answer out of human or Murcielago here.
If oil was a main objective of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, why didn't we just invade Iraq back at the end of the first Gulf War when we had a huge international force willing to do it and had already crippled Iraq's defenses? No one would have questioned our motives then -- Sadd.am was hated for invading Kuwait. Not only that, but George Bush Sr. had just as many ties to the oil industry as his son did. Many poeple, including generals and politicians, even wanted to finish off Sadda.m! Why wait another decade? I don't know too much about this topic, but that has always bugged me.
Because we didnt invade Iraq for oil at all in the first place ;). We decided to invade because of the 9/11 attacks *moment of silence*, and the multiple other terrorist threats that took place through-out the world at this particular time. We weren't and still aren't there for their oil. Just trying to calm the terrorists for a while.. Terrorism will never be gone, and we have to live with that, but the troops were sent over to deal with the big guns.
Personally, as someone going into the Army and dating someone who is in the Army, I believe the troops need to continue to occupy Iraq. It is VERY dangerous to pull out of somewhere that is so hostile toward America... (watch the movie/documentary OBSESSED to get an idea of what im talking about). Because once the troops are out, they take the fight back to American soil, back to English soil, and all the countries trying to put out terrorism...
I apologize for rambeling, and I also apologize for souinding somewhat opinionated! BUT back to the origional question. The Gulf War was the largest military operation since WW2. It was very intense and very short, Sadd.am was there for oil and territory, which equals power. The more power a terrorist has, the quicker things get ugly. So taking back Kuwait was a huge priority, however, at the time Bush did not want to push troops into Iraq and risk more death to capture and kill Sadd.am. Thereby leading to the war we are involved in today.
Anyone who thinks it was purely about fighting terrorism or purely about oil or purely about Bush's presidency, or purely about any one reason, needs a long lesson in politics.