Questioning the government
Not everyone is/was gung ho about military intervention in Iraq. Many question the war
GW Bush (jr) Pre president Bush was concerned about spreading American forces thin on crusades, he said "Sending our military on vague, aimless and endless deployments is the swift solvent of morale," and continued "Our allies know that if America is committed everywhere, our commitments are everywhere suspect."(1 ).
Norman Schwarzkopf for at least a brief time, opposed going to war with Iraq based on the evidence we had at the time (2 ).
Retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division forces in Iraq, said about Donald Rumsfeld leadership in the Iraq war, "we went to war with a flawed plan that didn't account for the hard work to build the piece after we took down the regime. We also served under a secretary of defense who didn't understand leadership, who was abusive, who was arrogant, and who didn't build a strong team." Retired Army Major Gen. John Riggs said that Rumsfeld fostered an "atmosphere of arrogance." Army Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack complained that Rumsfeld micromanaged the war and said "We need a new secretary of defense," (3 ).
A Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Gregory Newbold, who retired in 2002 said "I now regret that I did not more openly challenge those who were determined to invade a country whose actions were peripheral to the real threat - Al Qaeda." And continued "I retired from the military four months before the invasion, in part because of my opposition to those who had used 9/11's tragedy to hijack our security policy," (4 ).
The wife of 1st Lt. Mike Robison, an Army engineer, Candance Robison Said "We want to get our loved ones home," and continued "We're their only hope. We have the most to lose. We suffer silently for fear of military retribution for our soldiers and ourselves." Capt. Joseph Sharrock who is also deployed to Iraq wife Shannon Sharrock, a West Point graduate and military veteran "I know what they're sacrificing right now," she said. "I know the conditions they're living in. I would like President Bush to relinquish control of Iraq to the United Nations so we can start supplementing our troops with U.N. troops"(5 ).
Greenspan, said "I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows. The Iraq war is largely about oil."(6 ).