America Today: The Good and the Bad

By Brooke Yingling

9/11 and the Affects It Has Had On The United States

On September 11th, 2001 the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon were attacked by terrorists. Nineteen militants in the Islamic group al-Qaeda took control of four airlines and did suicide attacks against United States targets. Over 3,000 citizens, police officers, and firemen were killed in this attack. One of the big effects of 9/11 on the country was causing lots of fear in citizens all over the country. Because of these attacks many people became fearful of more attacks and even fearful of Islamic people afraid that they would attack again. Another big effect of 9/11 was on the airlines all other the United States. Because the terrorist attacks were committed on airplanes the security of airports increased greatly with acts such as the Patriot Act. One of the last major effects that 9/11 had on the United States and other countries was starting the war in Afghanistan. These attacks on the United States started a spark between the U.S. and the Al Qaeda group causing this war.

The War In Iraq

On March 20th, 2003 the War in Iraq started. The War in Iraq started because the United States and the United Kingdom thought that the nation of Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction that could pose a threat to other nations. In response to this the United States, Poland, Australia, and United Kingdom sent troops to invade Iraq and take over their government so that they could get rid of the extremely dangerous weapons. This invasion eventually led to the fall and execution of dictator Saddam Hussein. Finally after eight years of fighting the U.S. and United Kingdom gave the Iraqi Government their security back. This war ended in 2011.

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The Presidential Election in 2008

In the 2008 Presidential Election our current President Barack Obama was elected to be the President of the United States. In 2008 democrat Barack Obama and his running mate Joe Biden would campaign against republican John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin (first female vice president candidate since the 1980’s). Barack Obama (Democrat) would become the 44th President of the U.S. as well as the first African American president. As president, Barack Obama promised to pass a health care reform law as well as help to jumpstart the economy once again. He fulfilled both of these promises as well as much, much more. Today Barack Obama is still our president and he has served two terms.