The US needs to leave Iraq Essay

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The US needs to leave Iraq

The United States is in a tough situation. This country has gone to war without the UN's
approval, and now has more casualties than when the war ‘officially' ended. Now, the war
could cost taxpayers $87 billion dollars, and more if the war drags on. The situation is
at the critical point. If the Bush Administration does not leave Iraq, we will lose
thousands of troops, spend billions sending more troops to Iraq, and we will lose the
faith of the international community.

This war will have larger repercussions than the casualties occurring every day. If the
Bush Administration gets the $87 billion dollars to pay for Iraq's reconstruction it has
asked for, the country's economy is not likely to recover. To add to this problem, the
administration has also asked for a $400 billion dollar tax cut. That's almost $500
billion dollars being spent during an economic recession. The choice of going to Iraq may
have looked sound in the administration's short-term thinking, and the administration may
have thought that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but the future effects
of this war will be disastrous. The administration's reasoning seemed rational at the
time; but we will be paying for this war long after it is over, simply because it was so
ill-conceived. The reason that the American people were given for going to war was false
in the first place. In his 2003 State of the Union address, George Bush stated that,
"Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications and statements by people now in
custody reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al
Qaeda." There has been no evidence to prove that Iraq had terrorist connections.
Furthermore, Vice President Cheney stated, "We know he's been absolutely devoted to trying
to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear
weapons," on Meet the Press, but a few days before he said that, the International Atomic
Energy Agency gave a report to the UN stating that they, "had found no evidence or
plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapons program in Iraq." The entire
reason for war, the reason that has been restated numerous times, was false. The Bush
Administration was ready for war, and did all they could to tell people their evidence was
correct, without actually examining that evidence to see if really was correct.

There are four possible paths to take from this point. We could simply leave Iraq to its
own devices, pull all of our troops out of Iraq, and never look towards it again. However,
we bombed their country, and we have an obligation to fix it for the innocents who are
suffering. This action is irresponsible and immoral. Or, we could stay in Iraq, denying
the UN any say in this and paying for it ourselves. This will bring us to economic ruin,
and we will lose our image in the UN. This course of action is arrogant and financially
unsound. Another path would be to pull all troops out of Iraq, give control to the UN, but
pay for all of the reparations ourselves. While this may be the most morally correct
action, its would bring financial ruin on the United States and is unrealistic. The
administration would never pay for something it did not have control over.

The best course of action would to take most of our troops out, share control of the
reconstruction with the UN, allow UN peacekeepers in, and share the costs with the rest of
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