In this paper I will point out a few of the failures the Bush administration made prior to and during the current war in Iraq. I will also make recommendations for how things should have been done and how things need to be done in the current state of the war. I will also explain how past failures and possible future failures can effect the United States and the impact it has had on me personally.
[...] I will recommend ideas for how to claim this victory and will make suggestions on how to repair the relationships that were damaged in the international community because of some of the failed diplomacy procedures prior to the decision to invade Iraq. Command Failure After 9/11 my unit deployed out to sea for seven months on the USS Ogden. We spent most of the time floating around in circles waiting for orders to go to Afghanistan. We never received the orders, but our ships did send helicopters and missiles in support of Operation Anaconda. [...]
[...] It seemed to me as though the deployment was a farce and that we accomplished absolutely nothing in those seven months at sea. The command structure involved goes all the way to the Commander in Chief who had my life in his hands. Although the micromanagement of the military is not a duty of the president, it is his cabinet members and staff who are charged with carrying out his orders, which directly impacted the decisions of my commanders. After returning to Camp Pendleton, California my unit was ordered to prepare for another deployment. [...]
[...] The following recommendations are just some simple suggestions I have so that the US can claim victory in Iraq, while still keeping the fight against al Qaeda and other international criminal networks alive. The current troop surge in Iraq is a perfect opportunity for the US to recruit more Iraqis into the armed forces and police. By maintaining good discipline and practicing the art of military diplomacy the US can attract new recruits into the armed services. It is important to strengthen these forces by continuously rotating different units into the Anbar province where they will learn to become battle hardened. [...]
[...] By allowing members of the Republican Guard to surrender and by providing them food and shelter the US only prolonged the war by sheltering an enemy that would soon resurface in places like Anbar province and Baghdad. The US race to the capital also had negative effects that the administration seemed to be disillusioned about. By sending the Army through the desert and not securing the cities that the Marines had cleared the US left many places in tact with fedayeen and Baathist rebels. [...]
[...] Conclusion The suggestions I listed above are neither complete nor extensive enough, however I believe that these actions will help to repair some of the damage done to the relationships the US has in the international community. Such actions will also lead the US to a victory in Iraq, will bring many of the overextended troops home, and will help to refocus the war against al Qaeda which continues to spread across the globe every day. Since 9/11 Al Qaeda has conducted operations [...]
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