This political cartoon depicts a family watching a wealthy man donate money to the 2004 Bush campaign. However, this image has a deeper meaning because the man is standing in the shadow of an Iraq War Casualties grave to represent how his funding to Bush is only causing more war deaths. The family looks horrified outside of the shadow because the kids’ father was most likely lost because of the private funding to send more troops overseas. The family represents the people who do not support the war because their shocked expressions express how they think of the man. In my opinion, this cartoon is a great way to illustrate the Iraq War because the Bush campaign would continue the war effort despite the casualty tally. The sad and shocked emotions on the family’s faces is touching to me because it reveals their disapproval for the war. Illustrating the man in the shadow of soldier deaths makes me think that the Bush campaign is to blame for the Iraq War casualties. Illustrating the views on the Iraq War is essential for understanding the negative side of the war. Citation: Simpson, Carol. “Iraq War Dead.” Cartoonwork and Illustration, Carol Simpson, www.cartoonwork.com/watermark.php?i=449.
Obama’s speech expresses his disapproval for the United States engaging in Iraq. He starts off by saying that his father served in the military to fight in World War II and that he was very supportive of the pursuit of terrorists who caused 9/11. However, Obama clearly states that he is not against having wars, but he does not support dumb and rash wars. He thinks that America’s role in the Iraq War is causing a downfall in American society-stock market crash, rise in poverty and drop in median income. He concludes his speech by saying that despite the evilness of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, he does not see Iraq as a threat to the country and that Americans should direct their attention to improving the general welfare. Obama’s speech reveals how he strongly opposed the war because he wants to direct the money towards the people. However, I disagree with Obama thinking that there is no threat to the United States because terrorists groups like al-Qaeda are prone to creating more damage if we do not monitor them. This speech is important for understanding the opinions of liberal politicians who opposed a war against overthrowing the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Citation: “Transcript: Obama's Speech Against The Iraq War.” NPR, 20 Jan. 2009, 12:24 AM ET, www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99591469.
This article interviews American soldiers who served in Iraq and were despaired. They would share stories ranging from seeing terrified civilians to young children with bullet wounds in the streets. In addition, the soldiers talked about their raids that they performed in neighboring villages-destroying everything in their way- in order to find evidence of the enemy or weapons. One of the stories highlighted in this interview is from Sergeant Bruhns, who said that him and other soldiers would raid homes by pinning the father to the wall, capturing the rest of the family and tearing up the house until there was no sign of guns. Raiding villages was essential to finding clues on the enemy, but this was a mental toll for American soldiers. Reading about these raids gives me a better insight on what American troops had to go through while investigating civilian houses. The experiences described by the soldiers allow me to understand the fear in civilians and the relentless pursuit of American soldiers to fight in ugly conditions. I believe that these war experiences give civilians insight on how brave our soldiers are and the gruelling experiences of war. Citation: Hedges, Chris. “The Carnage, the Blown-up Bodies I Saw ... Why? What Was This for?” The Guardian, 13 July 2007, 05:10 EDT, www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jul/13/usa.iraq.
This photojournalism source presents a slideshow of photos taken in Iraq from both sides of the war with the narrator interviewing people about how dangerous and terrible the war was. The journalists said that this was the only way to bring experiences from the front line of fire back home for the public to examine. These images include images of soldiers at war, scared civilians, and people who became critically injured from the war. The journalists wanted to show that the war was more than just deaths; if people were going to support and fund the war, they needed to experience the reality of war through images. This photojournalism piece is very deep because there are several images of suffering soldiers and services for fallen soldiers. On the other hand, there are inspirational moments of soldiers in combat and aiding civilians, which gives me mixed feelings on war participation. Looking at wartime pictures lets me experience the pain and journey that soldiers had to go through in Iraq. Citation: Addario, Lynsey. “Iraq War: Photojournalists Tell 'Untold Story'.” BBC News, BBC, 9 May 2013, www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-22390917/iraq-war-photojournalists-tell-untold-story.
This article criticizes the decisions that America made during the Iraq War that made the war last for even more time. One of their major points is that the United States did not have a plan after removing Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from office; this resulted in the rise of groups such as al-Qaeda taking control of land and supplies, which creates an even worse state than before. According to the author Michael O’Hanion, he says that Reconstructing Iraq post-Saddam Hussein has been a major failure because there was no leadership to rule the country after the fall of the dictator. This article is super interesting because he is blaming the United States for their poor ruling of liberated Iraq. In addition, his proposals to plan a interim ruler and government in Iraq allow me to picture an Iraq War with less continued dilemma. Finally, this opinion is important for understanding the frustration of people who did not support the Bush campaign plan to aid Iraq. Citation: O'Hanion, Michael E. “Iraq Without a Plan.” Brookings, 1 Jan. 2005, www.brookings.edu/articles/iraq-without-a-plan/.
This article reveals the reaction of an Iraqi family to George Bush’s declaration of war on Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime due to bombing threats and ties to terrorism. Iraqis greatly oppose the war because they know that the United States has significantly more firepower than them, but Hussein would not back down from the war. The article describes how families began to prepare for the war, which included stocking up on food, gasoline, ammunition and boarding up their homes. These procedures reveal how the war caused a drastic change in people's lives because they were preparing for total warfare to occur in their city with all the resource stockpiling. In addition, people were frightened by this change because they did not know what was going to happen to their families and towns. I find this feature to be super real and interesting because it presents a unique Iraqi civilian perspective of the Iraq War. The most interesting part of the article was when people began to cry during the war preparations because they thought that the end of their lives was near. This Iraqi family war preparation experience makes me understand better the pain and fear of being involved in a war in one’s homeland. Citation: Goldenberg, Suzanne. “War on Iraq Begins: From the Archive, 19 March 2003.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 19 Mar. 2013, www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2013/mar/19/iraq-war-saddam-bush-starts-2003.