The War On Terror And The Iraq War Essay

1431 Words Nov 29th, 2016 6 Pages
Why does the United States send troops out of the country? If one was to ask twenty people, he or she would receive twenty-one different responses. The political environment is often viewed from the average citizen as black and white, and without nuance. Military intervention is no exception – especially the War on Terror and the Iraq War. Popularly held beliefs amongst the average American assume that Democrats are “bleeding heart hippies” with no backbone, and that Republicans are corporate puppets are hungry for war. As such, many people assume that a Republican president will likely lead the United States into war, while Democrats will reduce military spending and usage. Two recent examples one can look at are former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. The foreign policy decisions that both of these presidents have made regarding the Middle East have produced particularly divided views. When visiting Facebook, or even forms of news media, bipartisan slander regarding these military interventions is pervasive. Many assume that President Obama is some sort of secret Muslim, and that he “has done too many things to benefit Muslims to convince people that he is not one of them (Kincaid).” On the other side of the proverbial aisle, people have argued that President Bush’s Iraq war was “fought for Big Oil (Juhasz)[.]” However, it is also important to recognize the Presidents’ appeals to the public on these issues. Both presidents have been in office for a…

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