How'd The Iraq War Effect The U.S?

Here Are Two Canadidate's Point Of View On This Topic.

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President Obama's Thought On This Topic

Obama's Thought

Indeed, Obama was not yet in the Senate, and the Senate had not yet voted to authorize the war, when, in a speech delivered in Chicago on October 2, 2002, he announced his view of the matter. Granting forthrightly that the Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein had “repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity,” and that he “butchers his own people,” Obama nevertheless held that, despite all these well-proven crimes, Saddam posed no “imminent and direct threat to the United States or to his neighbors.” What is more, he added, “I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.”-

Canadidate Romney's Thought On This Topic

Romney's Thought

Governor Romney remained silent on the Iraqi war while in office. He noted that as Governor, it was not his place to comment on the purpose or implementation of the war. During the 2008 election process, he was supportive of the war. He also stated often that once the US made the decision to go into Iraq the initial conflict was handled well, but the situation in Iraq afterwards was under-funded, under-manned, and poorly managed.

When President Bush sought to alter the strategy in Iraq through the surge, Governor Romney was generally supportive, stating that he believed that the situation in Iraq was not lost for good and that some change was necessary.

Early in the election process, Governor Romney expressed support for metrics to judge the success of the war and eventually allow the troops to return home. This was construed as his opponents as support for timetables for withdraw.

In December of 2011, Governor Romney opposed the drawdown of US forces from Iraq stating that it would be looked back upon as a mistake.-