Iraq & Afghanistan War

Madison Lilly

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Bush's involvement in War on Terror

  • publicly began on Sept. 11, 2001
  • It involving open and covert military operations, new security legislation, efforts to block the financing of terrorism, and more
  • Bush asserted that "either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."
  • Many governments joined campaign and adopted harsh new laws
  • Bush believed that the threat of U.S. power had lost credibility with terrorists due to irresolute responses to attacks during the 1990's.
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Many people encouraged the War on Terror including Dick Cheney, who ran against President Bush in July 2000. Cheney lost against President Bush and became Vice President. he played a lead behind-the-scenes role in Bush Administration's response to the September 11 attacks and coordination of the Global War on Terrorism. He was an early proponent of the Iraq War and defender of the Administration's record on anti-terrorism. Saddam Hussein was the 5th president of Iraq. His dictatorship provided headquarters, operating bases, training camps, and other support to terrorist groups fighting the governments of neighboring Turkey and Iran, as well as to hard-line Palestinian groups. Most post-September 11 news reports tend to consider that these Al Qaeda -CIA links belong to the “bygone era” of the Soviet-Afghan war. They are invariably viewed as irrelevant to an understanding of 9/11 and the “Global War on Terrorism”. Yet barely a few months before 9/11, there was evidence of active collaboration between members of the US military and Al Qaeda operatives in the civil war in Macedonia.While Al Qaeda remains firmly under the control of the US intelligence apparatus, the US administration has repeatedly intimated that this “outside enemy” will strike again, that a “second 9/11’ will occur somewhere in America or in the western World.

The 13th Secretary of State, Donald Rumsfeld, sought to remind the American people of the 9/11 attacks and threats against Americans, noting at one time in a 2006 memo to "make the American people realize they are surrounded in the world by violent extremists."