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Showdown with Iraq As the US military campaign in Afghanistan winds down should Iraq become phase two in the war against global terrorism Bush warns that Saddam Husseins arsenal of mass destruction and his fanatic hatred of the United States make him a paramount threat Others counsel for continued diplomacy and the return of UN weapons inspectors arguing that an attack on Iraq would destabilize the Arab world To support their cases both sides deploy cherished assumptions about everything from Saddam Husseins sanity to the explosive volatility of the Arab Street But a skeptical look at the sound bites suggests that the greatest risk of attacking Iraq may not be a vengeful Saddam or a destabilized Middle East but the unraveling of the global coalition against terrorism Some background on The USIraq situation The first Bush administration should have solved the problem of Saddam when it had the chance Everyone would be better off today if the US military had marched into Baghdad and ousted Saddam But the first Bush administrations decision to stand down in February 1991 made some sense at the time Some of the coalition consisted of Arab countrys and they most likely wouldnt have supported in a US led invasion to topple an Arab nation as well as the notion that a humiliating defeat would cause a coup de tae by Saddams generals Another mistake was to allow Iraq to use its own helicopters to move around its leaders and allow them gunships to put down Shiite and Kurd uprisingsthe Shiite and Kurds are the reason for northern and southern no fly zones preventing
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