Iraq and Vietnam
The Vietnam War was fought over 14 years and it was a lot bigger than Iraq war. At its climax more than 500,000 American soldiers were sent there, and compared to Iraq it was at least twice the size. Almost 60,000 Americans died in Vietnam, along with 40 times as many Vietnamese soldiers. South Korea also fought with the U.S. together with smaller groups from Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand, but the U.S. was missing Britain and who was there main partner.
The Vietnam War was an awful war that affected millions of people in many different countries. Wars usually start because there is a difference in people’s opinions, and the Vietnam War that was the case. It started because France and Vietnam’s leader, Ho Chi Minh, had a difference in opinion about the type of government Vietnam should have. In the1750’s is where the French started the whole thing with Vietnam. For years and years the people of Vietnam protested but could not get a force powerful enough to defeat the French. Then in 1946 Vietnam’s leader (who was also a communist), Ho Chi Minh organized the people of North Vietnam and took out the French rulers in a war that took around eight years.
With over 150 billion dollars spent by the military and over 500,000 American soldiers overseas, it’s hard to figure out why Vietnam fell to the Communists. America did have the upper-hand in this war with not only higher economic stability but also better technology. In a war where the expected result was clearly obvious with an American victory, the final outcome was a surprising one with over 50,000 American casualties were recorded dead, which turned into one of the most embarrassing moments in America’s proud history. The loss to Vietnam came from a lack of support came from many directions. There are many different factors that helped to America’s defeat in Vietnam, but the most important was the lack of support for the war in America, and the lack of fighting ability coming from the poor command of the Army’s resources.
Iraq became an independent kingdom in 1933 and proclaimed a republic in 1958, the country has been ruled by various people and military men since. Iraq’s purpose was mostly a battleground between the great empires based in Turkey and Persia. During 1538 to 1914, Iraq was dominated by the Ottoman Turks, who divided Iraq into three provinces. During World War I, the tottering Ottoman Empire finally fell apart, and the British took control of Iraq. Instead, Iraq got the status, under the League of Nations, of a “mandate” territory, which meant it would be under British supervision while preparing for full independence. The Iraqi population was very mad, and a huge rebellion started in 1920, which was brought down by British planes. It was the first use of bombs from airplanes in such an operation.
The only policy that has shown a great success against Saddam Hussein was the use of military force. As the world’s greatest “superpower”, the U.S. has proved they had the potential to remove Saddam Hussein from power. The current “president” is Saddam Hussein, who originally rose to power in 1979 through a coup in which the Ba”ath Party overthrew the government of General Abdul Arif in Iraq of 2001. During his twenty-year term, Saddam has engaged in many acts of violence and human right violations and deserves life in prison. Iraq has been a country with many problems, many conflicts, and many wars. In the past twelve years there has been a great deal of tension concerning the United States and Iraq.
A little bit of background of how starts one of the Iraq-U.S. first’s conflicts, is with the Persian Gulf War. This was a war that marked the start of a conflict between the United States and Iraq. At the end of the war the conflict ended in fighting between Iraq and the international forces led by the United States. By the end of the war Iraq had to pay a huge amount of money to the United Nations and also Iraq had to disarm all his biological and chemical weapons. Now-a-days Iraq is facing another big conflict, and it is with United Sates again. The presidents George W. Bush had accused Iraq of having weapons of mass destruction and have been helping terrorists, and the world know incident on September 11th didn’t help the situation on whether or not to go to war.
Many people in the United States disagree on whether the U.S. should have gone to war with Iraq. In October of 2002, President Bush delivered a speech to the nation, presenting his opinions on the situations in Iraq. In order to end the Persian Gulf War, Iraq agreed to stop the production of weapons of mass destruction, destroy all pre-existing weapons of mass destruction and remove all support from terrorist organizations. Iraq has not complied with the 1991 agreement and is making more chemical and biological weapons. So then that is why America “had” to go to war with Iraq.
So one of the differences between the Iraq war and the Vietnam war was validity of the reasons, I believe Bushes reasons weren’t for the best of the country but to his own personal desire to go to war. You can also tell just by how fast it happened.