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Iraq Interview Investigation

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Aaron Besser

on 25 April 2010

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IRAQ DEMOGRAPHIC: HIGH SCHOOL SOPHMORES Question 1: Why did the United States enter Iraq? Is this the same reason that they are still there? "Searching for WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction)...we are now there to make a stable [government] in Iraq." Eli W. "Oil!! We want control of the lifeblood of our economy." Bharat N. Question 2: Why do you think the troops haven't all pulled out of Iraq yet? "Because the United States went to protect its oil reserves and went to stick to its goal [of increasing oil supply]" Gina V. "[We are] still looking for oil. Other people in the nation believe if we pull out all at once we could go under attack -- I believe it's oil." Interviewee C Question 3: How do you feel the United States is managing their budget with Iraq? Are they overspending? Under spending? Just right? Why? "I think the US is doing as well as can be expected when it comes to spending in Iraq. Fighting an overseas war is expensive." Mike D. "I don't think they are managing it well. I think the money is a waste and should be spent on Afghanistan." Interviewee C Question 4: Read this clip from an article:

JANUARY 11, 2007: 70 percent of Americans oppose sending more troops to Iraq.
“Just 35 percent think it was right for the United States to go to war, a new low in AP polling and a reversal from two years ago, when two-thirds of Americans thought it was the correct move.” [AP, 1/11/2007]

Having read the clip, answer this question:
If the American public opposed the war in 2007, why hasn’t the government listened to them and withdrawn its troops?
"America feels that it needs to stick to its guns and defend themselves against an enemy that no longer exists." Gina V. Question 5: What impact did capturing Sadaam Hussein have on the war? "Not much. He was not a problem to the U.S. Violence [would have] continued with or without him." Bharat N. Question 6: How has the US need and greed for oil affected their presence in Iraq? "It has led the US to support the privitization of Iraq's oil fields and has led to issues with local suppport." Mike D. Question 7: How have other countries bordering Iraq like Iran and Turkey affected the war? "I don't know." Eli W. "Iran supports groups that are trying to destabilize Iraq. Turkey is fighting the Kurds in northern Iraq." Mike D. Question 8: Do you think torturing Iraqi rebel/freedom fighter leaders is an efficient way of getting information out of them? Please explain why or why not. "No. It is not. But what other way is there of getting information? --They could lie." Interviewee C Question 9: Is detonating IEDs and effective method of resistance? Does killing innocent civilians along with US soldiers with suicide bombings show effective resistance? "It shows a commitment to their cause of defying U.S. troops." Eli W. "I don't think it is. It's counterproductive." Gina V. Should the US withdraw from Iraq? Interviewee A- Yes
Interviewee B- Yes
Interviewee C- Yes
Interviewee D- Yes
Interviewee E- No "Closed Questions" Yes or No? Has the US accomplished what they originally set out to do in the war? Interviewee A- Yes
Interviewee B- Yes
Interviewee C- No
Interviewee D- No
Interviewee E- Yes Do you think we will pull our troops out of Iraq in the next year? Three years? Ten years? Interviewee A- 3 years
Interviewee B- 3 years
Interviewee C- 3 years
Interviewee D- 3 years
Interviewee E- 10 years How many Iraqis, do you think, have been killed in this war? How many US soldiers, do you think, have been killed in this war? Interviewee A- 4,000 Iraqis, 2,000 US soldiers
Interviewee B- 1,200,000 Iraqis, 4,100 US soldiers
Interviewee C- 100,000 Iraqis, 4,500 US soldiers
Interviewee D- 2,000 Iraqis, 3.000 US soldiers
Interviewee E- 200,000+ Iraqis, 4,000 US soldiers Actual statistics-
Approximately 100,000 Iraqis, 4,287 US soldiers Will Iraq continue to have severe civil conflicts and suicide bombing after the US pulls out and the effects of war have calmed down? Interviewee A- Yes
Interviewee B- Yes
Interviewee C- Yes
Interviewee D- No
Interviewee E- Yes So...what can we take from this? MISCONCEPTIONS:

Number of deaths, ex.
Various views:

Accomplishing Goals
When we'll pull out OIL!
"We love oil too much." Interviewee B
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