This speech was given in 2003 by President Bush. The speech starts off by giving a summary of the events that have occured in Iraq with their weapons. He says that while the world thought they actually were getting rid of their weapons, Iraq was actually making more. He says that Iraq currently poses a great risk to the safety of the world, and that we need to use force to stop them. Reflection: This speech really opened up a lot of new points that I had never considered when thinking about the War in Iraq. Although I did not include them all in my summary, there are a lot of other reasons why entering this war was important. I had no idea that at one point Iraq said they would stop producing weapons. This speech really provided an insight on what the leaders of America were thinking when they declared war.
This documentary tries to prove that the American government deceived the public in order to justify going to war with Iraq. One big point is that the US government falsely associated the 9/11 attacks with Saddam Hussein in order to convince the public that going to war in Iraq was right. The other parts of this documentary follow the same basis: basically fact checking what Bush said in his speech. Reflection: When I first saw this source, I did not really want to put it in my final assessment because I felt like it strayed off topic too much. But after I started reading about it, I changed my mind. This source actually brought some doubt into my mind about the Iraq war purpose. After reading some of the points, I questioned whether or not this was was actually justified. Now, the majority of my brain is telling me that the US government would always tell the truth and go to war for the greater good, which I still believe is the case, but a little part of me thinks maybe it was for reasons other than 9/11 and the weapons Iraq has.
American Sniper is a movie about a sniper named Chris Kyle and his experience with the sole purpose to keep his comrades safe, and in doing this he becomes one of America’s most lethal snipers. While being in the war, he still has to be a father and husband, and he serves four tours in Afghanistan. When he returns from the war, he has a hard time leaving it behind. Reflection: When I first saw this movie, I was in shock. First, because I was pretty young at the time and there were a lot of graphic things in it, and second because I never had really seen war portrayed like that. Before watching American Sniper, I had never really thought what it was really like in war, and all the brutal things that happen there. The end of the film is mostly how hard it is for Kyle to leave to the war behind, which is also an interesting circumstance that I had never thought about. Overall, this movie really affected the way that I saw the war, and how it treated people
These photos show various aspects of the Iraq war including pictures of soldiers in action, so you can really see the emotion in the soldiers eyes. The pictures also show what life is like in in Iraq for the soldiers Reflection: The pictures really impacted me. These pictures show the raw emotion of the war, which is usually just rough. It is really weird to see real people actually living like that. Reading books and watching movies seems so fake, but these emotions are real, and it is very powerful to see the emotions and what life is like there.
This article says that the US will need more than just our forces. ISIS will not be defeated by just American airstrikes alone, and that a long-term response will be needed. The articles agrees that Obama was right when he said that “there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer so that it does not spread.” The author also says that while we know what has to be done to win, we so not know how to do it. The article also says that defeating ISIS would easier is other Muslim countries understood the kind of threat ISIS was. The author says that that is the key to the war, getting the territories around ISIS to help the US. Reflection: Before I started reading this article, I thought I knew what we needed to do to win the war. I had never really considered this point of view, the point of view that says that we need the help of the surrounding Muslim countries to help. At first I was wondering, why wouldn’t these places see the threat that ISIS is? After some thinking, while it may seem extreme to us, the actions that ISIS is doing may not be as extreme to them as it is to us. They might not see ISIS as the extreme threat that they really are. This idea is so crazy to think about, because being an extremist for your religion is not as crazy there.
This article talks about the real costs of the Iraq War. The overall cost of the war was 1.02 trillion dollars. The purpose of the war was to eliminate Saddam Hussein. The War on Iraq was response to 9/11. The war added 1 trillion dollars of debt to the US debt. The article also goes through the specific costs of the war. This article impacted me because I never knew actually how much the war cost. It added so much money to our debt, and it was so much money. It is amazing how much resources we used in the war.