George Bush's Reasons For The Iraq War

This paper looks at the public explanations the Bush administration offered for why war in Iraq was necessary. Bush's public explanations of his reasons for attacking Iraq, without UN backing will be discussed, as will the messages regarding US foreign policy towards Iraq that are contained within official policy documents. The reasons behind the US war on Iraq, as they emerge from both sources, will be discussed. Possible explanations for the discrepancies in the public and private explanations for the war will also be discussed.
In President Bush's October 7th 2002 speech about Iraq to an audience at the Cincinnati Museum Center show, as early as October 2002, Bush was already ...

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the Persian Gulf War, the Iraqi regime was required to destroy its weapons of mass destruction, to cease all development of such weapons, and to stop all support for terrorist groups. The Iraqi regime has violated all of those obligations. It possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. It has given shelter and support to terrorism, and practices terror against its own people" (Bush, 2002).
He continues, "Members of the Congress of both political parties, and members of the United Nations Security Council, agree that Saddam Hussein is a threat to peace and must disarm. We agree that the Iraqi dictator must not be permitted to threaten America and the world with horrible poisons and diseases and gases and atomic weapons" (Bush, 2002).
He says that the "fundamental problem with Iraq remains the nature of the regime, itself. Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction", adding that "...surveillance ...

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for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons" (Bush, 2002).
Later in the speech, he moves to more humanitarian concerns for the Iraqi people, saying, "Iraq is a land rich in culture, resources, and talent. Freed from the weight of oppression, Iraq's people will be able to share in the progress and prosperity of our time. If military action is necessary, the United States and our allies will help the Iraqi people rebuild their economy, and create the institutions of liberty in a unified Iraq at peace with its neighbors" (Bush, 2002).
He ended this speech by saying that "The attacks of September the 11th showed our country that vast oceans no longer protect ...

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