Saddam had mobile weapon labs, and reaching the homeland wouldn't be difficult for Saddam. Moreover, once Saddam carried out his plan of getting weapons of mass destruction to the homeland, it would only take 45 minutes for these weapons to kill millions of Americans. Therefore, they claimed, Saddam posed an imminent threat to the U.S., however, none of this panned out true. At the time of heightened fear, the Bush Administration manipulated the fresh panic of Americans to scare the U.S. into a war. Bush built a coalition of forces and led the United States into an illegal 'preemptive' war. Concluding the legality of the war is simple. As a general rule, you can only fight a war if attacked, or the United Nations authorizes such action. The exception is the article 5 NATO treaty stating an attack on one member of NATO is an attack on all members, thus authorizing military force because it seen as a direct attack. However, none of the previously mentioned attack or threat existed. Thus, the war clearly violated the United Nations treaty and international law; seen as a war of aggression that is a serious war crime. Well, in the age of social media and easily accessible resources, it's not too hard to gain valuable insight as to what the administration understood at the time of the invasion of Iraq. After all, some estimates put the body count at 1 million dead. At the time of the invasion of Iraq, I too believed Saddam funded the attacks or at-least contributed to the atrocities on that fateful September Tuesday 2001. Although the administration knew Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11, they scared Americans into believe they did. As a matter of fact, Bush knew Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction, but he needed the lie to con the American people into authorizing an illegal war. Right after 9/11, the Bush Administration continually claimed Iraq constituted a threat to the American people and not just anything rather an imminent one. Members of Bush's team made the rounds to hundreds of events pushing this false narrative about the 'weapons of mass destruction.' So much so that the average consensus among the American people indicated 70% of Americans needed to take care of Iraq. Bush and his liars claimed the Iraq war was one against terror. Or, their new 21-century vision for America, and re-branding the Middle East intro a democracy friendly one. One with military installations throughout the region. Thus, the war in Iraq had nothing to do with terror, but a new Middle East.
March 2003, George Bush's 'shock and awe' campaign began in Iraq. After three weeks of fighting, U.S. forces entered Baghdad, Iraq. U.S. forces captured Saddam Hussein on 13 December 2003. "Samir, a 34-year-old Iraqi-American military interpreter who helped find Saddam and pull him from his hideaway in December 2003. Operation Red Dawn was an American military operation conducted on 13 December 2003 in the town of ad-Dawr, Iraq, near Tikrit, that led to the capture of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein."(1).
In may of 2003, the Bush Administration made the biggest mistake since the invasion of Iraq, they disbanded the Iraq army. 250,000 young soldiers without a job or pay. As one can imagine, that enraged these young men some of which depended on military to raise their families. So in addition to the illegal, unprovoked invasion of Iraq, the U.S. fires their military and doesn't pay them their owed salary. Most would be upset and rightly so. But, the U.S., unfortunately, didn't see it the same. Moreover, the inflamed tension boiled over when foreign fighters came to Iraq to fight the U.S. led occupation. So, opportunistic jihad fighters came to Iraqi soil to kill American led-forces, and kill they did. So much so, Iraq formerly stable - destabilized and factions of Iraqis now fighting the U.S. and each other. The Sunni was fighting the Shiite and ethnic Kurds fighting against attacks too. The war was and still is a mess beyond epic proportions. Before leaving Iraq, the U.S. established a government one that didn't support all ethnic and religious factions of Iraq. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, convinced the Shiite leader is unable to reconcile with the nation's Sunni minority and stabilize a volatile political landscape. Maliki's Administration didn't consider the grievances of the majority Sunni population. The discontentment and sectarian violence increased; especially when the United States withdrew its forces in December of 2011. Because not long after the U.S. left the young democratic Iraq in charge, daily violence ensued. Nonstop car bombs suicide bombers and terror on a mass scale. At the same time, Syria was going through turmoil because of the brutal dictator called Assad who like Maliki was disconnected from the people and ruthless. He gasses some of his people to death. Additionally, the Iraqi and Syrian freedom fighters, some, merged with Iraqi so-called freedom fighters. However, they became ruthless and killed indiscriminately al qaeda; a terrorist group disavowed them. 'ISIS' standing for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Their goal transitioned from freedom fighters to mass killers determined to establish an Islamic Caliphate. Many Muslims are flocking to ISIS, who now go by 'IS' or Islamic State. Although inconceivable, people from the west are joining IS. People from the United States and the U.K. among other areas are joining radical Islamist to fight against what they believe to be false Muslims. 'IS' has no conscience, they murder men, women, and children. They behead Christian and Yazidis, forcing them to convert, pay a tax they cannot afford or die. The young Yazidi women become sex slaves. All the while George Bush sits back at his ranch and doesn't give a damn about the horror he created in the Middle East. If only he could face a war crime tribunal for the war of aggression, he was found guilty for in a Malaysian tribunal for not only his war of aggression but for torturing detainees. The Bush Administration claims "waterboarding" or simulated drowning, was legal and subjected prisoners to this and other outlawed tactics. Waterboarding is clearly against the Geneva Convention. Not to mention the fact, the U.S. tried and executed Chinese soldiers for waterboarding American prisoners of war. Bush and his fellow criminals falsified official documents and manipulated intelligence reports to fit the narrative best applicable to revising the Middle East. According to leaked memos, Bush planned alternative routes to war if the weapons inspectors did not find weapons of mass destruction. Bush claimed he might paint a plane with United Nation colors and fly it over Iraqi airspace justifying military action if fired upon; however, Bush promised to invade Iraq regardless of the weapons inspectors findings. He claimed he didn't 'give a damn what the UN lawyers say' and that he was 'going to kick some ass.' Just today, President Obama released a letter to congress informing them of airstrikes underway in Iraq. So, the U.S. is now fighting a force we created.
Bush helped if not entirely composed ISIL. In May of '03, after his illegal invasion of Iraq, Paul Bremer, head of the intern government, thought it wise to disband the Iraqi Army, whereby leaving 400,000 Iraqi servicemen jobless and destitute. Of course, the training these soldiers have is essential the strength of ISIL because they're not a rag-tag group of militiamen, but a group of organized terrorist with wealth. You see when we created a new Iraqi military, America had to train these soldiers, when they could have maintained a training strength with the previously trained soldiers. Bush entered their homeland occupied their country, and fired their military. And, the Bush Administration didn't find this problematic? But it was far worse than simply unsettling, it was a slap in the face to the people of Iraq. Today, ISIL's top fighters consist of former Iraqi military officers. So not only do they hate the West's constant meddling in the Middle East, but they have an added layer of angst for he United States. Bush's decision had nearly immediate consequences as the disbanded Iraqi Armies created splinter cells of militias, fighting against the U.S., allies. I'd venture to say other than the illegal invasion of Iraq; the single most deadly decision consisted of disbanding the Iraqi Army. Sending Islamic extremist to Iraq to kill Americans. In a sense disbanding, the Iraqi military gave the green light to jihadist. It made the people of Iraq appear to be victimized by who they considered the "great devil" America. The most notorious of these soldiers is Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former general in Saddam’s army who was featured as the King of Clubs in the Bush administration’s deck of cards of Iraq’s most wanted figures. Al-Douri is now reportedlyhelping to coordinate IS attacks.
1).Pelletiere, Stephen C. (31 January 2003). "A War Crime or an Act of War?". New York Times.
2).Jay Soloman and Carole E. Lee.(19 June 2014).U.S. Signals Iraq's Maliki Should Go
The White House Is Convinced the Shiite Leader Is Unable to Reconcile With the Nation's Sunni Minority and Stabilize a Volatile Political Landscape. Wall Street Journal.http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-signals-1403137521