Puzzle:
It is puzzling that The United States is proposing to go to war with Saddam Hussein and Iraq now in 2002, when the actual threat of Iraq to United States security has not increased since 1991.

We argue the US has overstated the threat posed by Iraq to position itself for long-term security of US foreign interests and domestic political and economic interests.

United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq. (AP photo)

In order to prove this, we researched these questions:

I. Does Iraq possess weapons of mass destruction capabilities; and if so, to what extent?

II. Has the US overstated the threat posed by Iraq?

III.What does the US have to gain by overstating the threat posed by Iraq?

IV. Does the US historically overstate the threat posed by countries it takes military action against?

The conclusions we came to are explained in these articles:
I. Then and now: The threat Iraq posed prior to the Gulf War compared to the threat it poses in 2002 — by Klint Kesto

II. Exploring Bush's justificiations for military intervention in Iraq — by Cooper Holoweski

III. Domestic political currency and long-term security gains as motivators for invading Iraq — by David Enders

IV. History of US foreign policy as serving US self interest whether in the domain of gain or loss — by Katy Trudeau

Conclusion: based on our research, the US has placed itself in a situation making the 9.11.01 attacks analogous to the Cold War to paint the US in the domain of loss and justify foreign military action.