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1 John Kim Writing 39C HA Final The War in Iraq When the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001, thousands of innocent lives were lost. In response, the Unites States took military action against Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, and Al-Qaeda members who were responsible for the attacks. However, instead of catching bin Laden, President Bush turned his focus on Iraq and removing Saddam Hussein. The reason that the United States invaded Iraq was that President Bush and some members in the Administration asserted that Iraq had connections to Al-Qaeda and possessed weapons of mass destruction. Even though there was no evidence that proved the reasons for invading Iraq, the war continued because there was an ulterior motive in the Iraq War. Before coming to office in 2001, President Bush and Vice President Cheney had a close ties with the U.S. energy industry and expressed oil interest in Iraq. The Administration wanted to control the region, because Iraq has the second largest oil reserves in the world. (Juhasz). Since United States gets most of their oil from the Middle East, the Administration felt that if they controlled the region it would secure America’s future energy supplies. When 9/11 occurred, it became a perfect opportunity for the Administration to go into Iraq for oil. In order to make the war legitimate, the doctrine of preemption was used as an excuse for invading Iraq. The current situation in Iraq reflects a failure among the top Administration to acknowledge that there was no clear-cut strategy that was planned out because the motivation of the war was all about oil. Even though the Bush Administration has never mentioned oil as a reason for attacking Iraq, the history shows that Bush and Cheney had ties to the energy industry. For example, Cheney faced criticism following the disclosure that Halliburton, a United States based technical services
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to the petroleum industry had earned about $24 million in 1998 repairing Iraqi oil pipelines damaged in the 1991 Persian Gulf war, when Cheney was defense secretary. (Witt).The Bush Administration was always focused on Iraq’s oil, because not only to control it, they also wanted to make the U.S. oil companies richer who had ties with Bush and Cheney in the past. Instead of focusing on the weapons of mass destruction for their reason going into Iraq, what they were really after was oil in Iraq. For example, Bush economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey has claimed publicly that oil production in Iraq could increase by 3 million to 5 million barrels a day following the toppling of Hussein. (Witt). The Bush Administration believed that Iraqi oil would help the United States economy so that President Bush would have a better chance of being reelected in 2004. The plan worked for President Bush as he was reelected in 2004.
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