What was it like to watch the US invasion of Iraq?

The 1991 or 2003 invasion? I'll assume you mean the 2003 version, which was expectedly a terrible sequel. How it was to watch depended on your national and political affiliation and also to what extent you accepted the Bush Administration's argument about the war. For full disclosure,

What would have happened if the U.S. declared Iraq the 51st state of the U.S. after it invaded?

Then the world would've congratulated the americans on their mass-murderous campaign and new state, saying well played sir, well played. May I offer you a taste of Libya? Or how about some Afghanistan hmm? No? Well, for dessert, we have saved some Syria for you <3.While

How prepared was Iraq for the 2003 US invasion?

Iraq was capable of defending itself from only U.S invasion.the problem U.S forms coallision forces especially European countries (Britain,France )etc to fight in her side.this is atradition that U.S decision makers have adopted since ww2.Also Iraq was greatly damaged by first gulf war.Iraq was not in

How was the invasion of Iraq allowed?

I'll let the President explain it to you:Please be seated. Thank you.Thank you very much, Mr. Vice President, for your remarks and your leadership. Thank you, Secretary Cohen, for the superb job you have done here at the Pentagon and on this most recent very difficult problem. Thank

Why did Saddam Hussain bury his air force during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, instead of using it?

USAF sent messages to all Iraqi generals via Iraqi military communication network essentially telling them to stay at home. The message went: if they stayed at home, they will be safe from US offensive and can keep their jobs after the incursion. Therefore, when USAF bombarded Iraqi cities, very few military planes took off to

Did the international community try to prevent the invasion of Iraq, particularly the US' involvement in the invasion?

NO, not really.There was certainly a lot of discussion and a lot of dissent; but nothing practical was done to prevent it; there was a UN vote; at first several countries voted against intervention;  but in the second vote those countries abstained from voting, if memory serves. Several countries supported

When will America apologize for the invasion of Iraq?

The majority of Americans, both politicians and ordinary citizens today acknowledge the Iraq war as a failure. Thousands of American lives lost have resulted in a country in chaos and the rise of Daesh. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed and millions lives in poverty, minorities have been driven out and

Has the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan led to the rising instability in these regions?

Has the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan led to the rising instability in these regions?IraqThe US invasion of Iraq unquestionably led to the destabilization of Iraq.  Iraq was relatively stable under Saddam Hussein.  Shia and Sunni radical Islamists were suppressed and repressed and rendered powerless to upset

What do you think was the costliest mistake that the U.S. made during the second Iraq war?

Apart from starting the whole thing on a phony pretext, the worst error was disbanding the Iraqi armed forces and dismantling the civil administration. This sent the country into utter chaos as essential services such as public health, policing and key utilities fell apart.The several hundred thousand military personnel,

Was the US invasion of Iraq 2003 a success?

If the goal was, narrowly, to depose Saddam Hussein, then it was a success. If it was to establish a democracy in Iraq, or to stabilize the region, it was a failure.If the goal was to destroy stocks of WMD, it was a failure since they didn't have any.If the goal was to limit development

Did America's invasion of Iraq lead to the unrest and increased terrorism in the middle east?

There were two Iraq Wars. One good in rescuing a country from a despot and one bad, leading to unrest and increased terrorism in the Middle East. Cause and effect analysis and connecting the two wars assists in understanding what has happened and prevent it from happening

What do you think was the costliest mistake that the U.S. made during the second Iraq war?

Apart from starting the whole thing on a phony pretext, the worst error was disbanding the Iraqi armed forces and dismantling the civil administration. This sent the country into utter chaos as essential services such as public health, policing and key utilities fell apart.The several hundred thousand military personnel,

Was the US the bad guys in the invasion of Iraq?

We did horrible things but we weren't the ones kidnapping and chopping heads off. The al Qaeda and the following ISIS deserved to be destroyed. We fucked up a lot but those people are monsters and if you think about

What is the actual reason for US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan?

Well, if you don't believe the official narrative then no one really knows, but there are some interesting theories.Afghanistan:

Why did the US invade Iraq in 2003?

Contrary to those who immediately assume things like oil or personal animus drove the decision to invade, it seems to me that there are a number of contributing reasons why the US invaded.This answer will not address whether or not invading was the correct way to go; that is

What do US troops think of Blackwater?

We don't have that much contact with them. They are hired for very specific jobs; mostly personal security or facility security. The few times I dealt with them it ranged from very professional to garbage. It wasn't that consistent. Many of them seemed like the best of the worst or the worst

Could the US rally support for another invasion of Iraq?

Motivated peoples and sects can defend themselves with their own fighters, if not at a heavy weapons or air power disadvantage. US assistance achieves best leverage here.US ground troops policing hostile foreign populations is futile and the American public doesn't want to return to this.

What happened when the US and its allies invaded Iraq?

To begin with, a swift military victory was assured as a consequence of the overwhelming technological power of the US-led Coalition of the Willing quickly defeating any element of the decaying Iraqi army that remained to fight. By May 1, 2003, US President George W. Bush was declaring ‘mission accomplished' and the

Why did the U.S. intervene after the Iraq invasion of Kuwait in 1990?

It was not a foregone conclusion that the US would intervene. Nor that virtually every Arab state from Syria to Morocco would join the coalition. The Kuwaiti government in exile and a huge majority of citizens joined in a massive lobbying effort,

How does the US get out of Iraq?

By not having gone in in the first place.Like they say in international relations circles, "You break it, you bought it."

Why did the US push Iraq out of Kuwait?

The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait was a blatant land grab and set a bad precedent of allowing larger countries to expand to the detriment of smaller countries.  The first part of the operation (Operation Desert Shield) was to prevent the Iraqis from continuing to expand

How did the U.S. get involved in Iraq?

Every war starts with an aggressor who believes his cause is just. The First Gulf War was a no-brainer. Saddam's invasion of Kuwait could not be tolerated and it was comparatively easy to put together a huge international coalition to right that wrong. In

Did the international community try to prevent the invasion of Iraq, particularly the US' involvement in the invasion?

NO, not really.There was certainly a lot of discussion and a lot of dissent; but nothing practical was done to prevent it; there was a UN vote; at first several countries voted against intervention;  but in the second vote those countries abstained from voting, if memory serves. Several countries supported

Was the US invasion of Iraq 2003 a success?

If the goal was, narrowly, to depose Saddam Hussein, then it was a success. If it was to establish a democracy in Iraq, or to stabilize the region, it was a failure.If the goal was to destroy stocks of WMD, it was a failure since they didn't have any.If the goal was to limit development

Was the US invasion of Iraq legal?

Interestingly enough, international law mattered a great deal to all states concerned at the time. Multiple legal justifications were offered, and multiple arguments against invasion. Even more interesting is that in different fora different arguments were used. In the US it was

What would have happened if the U.S. declared Iraq the 51st state of the U.S. after it invaded?

Then the world would've congratulated the americans on their mass-murderous campaign and new state, saying well played sir, well played. May I offer you a taste of Libya? Or how about some Afghanistan hmm? No? Well, for dessert, we have saved some Syria for you <3.While

Why did the U.S. intervene after the Iraq invasion of Kuwait in 1990?

It was not a foregone conclusion that the US would intervene. Nor that virtually every Arab state from Syria to Morocco would join the coalition. The Kuwaiti government in exile and a huge majority of citizens joined in a massive lobbying effort,

Did the international community try to prevent the invasion of Iraq, particularly the US' involvement in the invasion?

NO, not really.There was certainly a lot of discussion and a lot of dissent; but nothing practical was done to prevent it; there was a UN vote; at first several countries voted against intervention;  but in the second vote those countries abstained from voting, if memory serves. Several countries supported

What is the difference between the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and Russia's current invasion of Ukraine?

Putin haters should first know some factCrimea was an Autonomous Region of Ukraine, when the government was overthrown, the first order of business was to stop Autonomy, and pull all power to Kiev, Crimea didn't want that, so they declared

Was the U.S. planning to invade Iraq even before the Iraq invasion of Kuwait?

The US and Gulf Arab states were actively opposing regime change in Iraq.Saddam started the Iran–Iraq War in September 1980 by invading Iran. This quickly bogged down and was then driven back with heavy losses. By June 1982

Was the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 based on good intentions?

It is a big topic and if you really interested than you will have to spend some time studying the events. Here is one of possible start points, review of the book on the topic in Huffington Post:Israelpolitik, the Neocons and the Long Shadow of the Iraq War

Why did the US push Iraq out of Kuwait?

The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait was a blatant land grab and set a bad precedent of allowing larger countries to expand to the detriment of smaller countries.  The first part of the operation (Operation Desert Shield) was to prevent the Iraqis from continuing to expand

How was the invasion of Iraq allowed?

I'll let the President explain it to you:Please be seated. Thank you.Thank you very much, Mr. Vice President, for your remarks and your leadership. Thank you, Secretary Cohen, for the superb job you have done here at the Pentagon and on this most recent very difficult problem. Thank

How many countries did US military have operations, and troops in before invasion of Iraq, and how many now?

Troops have been quite busy since Vietnam. Most notable, prior to  Iraq/Gulf War II of 2003, Operation Eagle Claw (hostage rescue attempt in Iran), Lebanon, Panama, Haiti,, Lybia (bombing of Tripoli, various aerial confrontations with Libyan airforce), Somalia,  the Balkans, etc. For the whole enchillada, see Timeline of United States military operations This goes all

Was the Iraq war a hoax?

Using that criteria (you've not experienced it personally), I don't exist. I've never existed. All of the memories and experiences that I have collected in my brain? A fiction, a fantasy, but not real, didn't happen, don't exist.Well let's try a little experiment, that I hope for the sake of science can be seen as

Why should the U.S. keep sending advanced weaponry to the Iraqi government?

I don't think arming the Iraqi government is a good idea. I don't think arming anybody in this situation is a good idea. Consider the following:The US armed the Mujahideen in the 1970's to help fight off the soviets. While they did fight them off,

What was the main objective the U.S. had during the Iraq war/invasion?

The hidden agenda was the death of Saddam Hussein because G.W. Bush was pissed that Hussein tried to have his Father assassinated. To this day I think everything else about the rational to go to war with Iraq was bullshit...If you think about it... killing Saddam Hussein this way was about the most expensive

Could the US rally support for another invasion of Iraq?

Motivated peoples and sects can defend themselves with their own fighters, if not at a heavy weapons or air power disadvantage. US assistance achieves best leverage here.US ground troops policing hostile foreign populations is futile and the American public doesn't want to return to this.

What happened when the US and its allies invaded Iraq?

To begin with, a swift military victory was assured as a consequence of the overwhelming technological power of the US-led Coalition of the Willing quickly defeating any element of the decaying Iraqi army that remained to fight. By May 1, 2003, US President George W. Bush was declaring ‘mission accomplished' and the

Was Iran secretly happy the US invaded Iraq and Afghanistan?

1.  In Afghanistan, there was no 'secret' about it.  The regime in Iran had very hostile relations with the Taliban, and very nearly came to war with them in 1998.  (see: Iranian diplomats murder in Afghanistan)  So when hostilities against them started in the

Why did Saddam Hussain bury his air force during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, instead of using it?

USAF sent messages to all Iraqi generals via Iraqi military communication network essentially telling them to stay at home. The message went: if they stayed at home, they will be safe from US offensive and can keep their jobs after the incursion. Therefore, when USAF bombarded Iraqi cities, very few military planes took off to

Why did the Iraqi's offer only token defense during the U.S. invasion?

They didn't only offer token defense, they offered the best defense they could muster.We were just that much better than them.

How prepared was Iraq for the 2003 US invasion?

Iraq was capable of defending itself from only U.S invasion.the problem U.S forms coallision forces especially European countries (Britain,France )etc to fight in her side.this is atradition that U.S decision makers have adopted since ww2.Also Iraq was greatly damaged by first gulf war.Iraq was not in

Why was the Iraq invasion so fast?

Because bush needed to use the cover of the war in Afghanistan to keep americas mind off of his baseless allegations of WMDs'

Between Bush whose mistake was to invade Iraq and Obama whose mistake was to prematurely withdraw from Iraq, who created ISIS with his mistake?

I think there is a bit of a stretch in both instances or aspects of the question.No question Bush is responsible for the fatal error of destroying the Iraq nation and culture.But he was little more than the figure head of a wrong minded culture set to suck