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The Iraq war

American Sniper (2014)

American Sniper (2014)

The film American Sniper is a film about the most deadly sniper in American history. However, it does an excellent job at portraying the atrocities of the Iraq war as well. It shows the grim aspects of the war such as insurgent forces kidnapping a child and drilling through his head. It also touches on other issues that came with the war, such as how many soldiers were deployed overseas when there children are born. It gave insight to the toll the war took on US soldiers.

This is by far one of my favorite movies. It really provided a strong foundation for my appreciation for armed service members. Not only did it show the more human side of the Iraq war, but it also gave a visual of how terrible the savage sand monkeys inflicted pure fear in Iraq’s population.

“American Sniper.” Mondadori, 2015.

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President Bush Announces Start of Iraq War

President Bush Announces Start of Iraq War

President George W. Bush of The United States of America addressed the nation, announcing the start of the Iraq war. He states that the United States is involved with coalition forces, from 35 countries in an effort to overthrow the regime of Saddam Hussein. His tone was confident, as he expressed with utmost certainty the campaign will be successful.

President George W. Bush’s speech gave me a reassured feeling of the war effort. It gave off the feeling of a united America, and justified reasons to declare the war. The president seemed confident, and most importantly backed the soldiers fighting the war. While war can be a certainly scary and uncertain time, I had a great sense of assuredness that America would be fine.

“President Bush Announces Start of Iraq War.” YouTube, YouTube, 13 Mar. 2013, www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BwxI_l84dc.

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Iraq War - Wikipedia

Iraq War - Wikipedia

This is nothing more that a huge pile of information regarding the Iraq war and the events leading up to it. It has an excess of information regarding the vast majority, if not all, of the operations that took place in the Iraq War. The source offers statistics for civilian deaths, as well as coalition forces deaths.

Honestly, the main idea I took away from this source was just how large the coalition operations were. I found it very interesting how all the involved countries rallied together to fight a common enemy, and ultimately overthrow the abrasive regime of Saddam Hussein.

“Iraq War.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 28 Feb. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_War.

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A Decade of War in Iraq: The Images That Moved Them Most

A Decade of War in Iraq: The Images That Moved Them Most

This source shows the absolutely terrific events that occurred in Iraq. It shows images of US soldiers on fire crawling out of their vehicles after being hit with IEDs. It shows images of local civilians that were mangled as a side effect of the war. It highlighted children bleeding out in streets, and filthy operating tables, as well as US soldiers weeping from the scars they obtained from the war.

This source made me feel an unprecedented amount of sympathy for the soldiers and civilians in the photos. One of the most difficult photos for me to look at was one of a US soldier crawling out of an APC on fire. This just further goes to show how war does not discriminate against the good guys or the bad guys.

“A Decade of War in Iraq: The Images That Moved Them Most.” Time, Time, time.com/3423167/a-decade-of-war-in-iraq-the-images-that-moved-them-most/.

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Opinion | Iraq War Lies, 13 Years Later

Opinion | Iraq War Lies, 13 Years Later

In the first sentence of this article, the author makes it very obvious that he was extremely against the Iraq War. It seems to express the majority's opinion, which is against the Iraq War. The article goes on to state how our nation’s leader went into Iraq for false reasons making it sound like he had a personal vendetta to tend to. While incredibly entertaining, he failed to elaborate any facts to negate these false reasons.

I was not a fan of this article. It focused more on ridiculing politicians and did not seem to express any gratitude towards the soldiers involved, many of which paid the ultimate price. Another thing that irritated me about the source was how the author expressed how the US created the war on complete falsehoods. This has been disputed by both the far left and right. Although the premises for declaring war were debatable, there is undeniable legitimacy or certainly grounds for the decision.

Board, The Editorial. “Opinion | Iraq War Lies, 13 Years Later.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 7 July 2016, www.nytimes.com/2016/07/08/opinion/iraq-war-lies-13-years-later.html.

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The Iraq War in The New Yorker

The Iraq War in The New Yorker

The source reflects on the war and all the feelings surrounding it. The source itself remains neutral. It speaks to how it didn’t take as much of a toll on the nation as Vietnam; however, it went on to say how much of the war seemed to be hidden from the public. The article begins with a note on how the war began 10 years prior to the day the article was written. It then goes on to how many people “wrestled with the question of whether or not to go to war.”.

The main thing I took away from the article is a collection of opinions about the war from both points of view. It made me realize how much of an atrocity the war was and how much of a detriment it was to the American people. One thing that will stick with me from the article is the different opinions of the American people shown in the article.

https://www.newyorker.com/books/double-take/the-iraq-war-in-the-new-yorker

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