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The schema for organising the invasion of Iraq by the U.S says more about the nature of the invasion. The schema utilised here is justified on the grounds that they are the most appropriate to classify the majority of the information that came with the invasion. Americans used power to produce their intended effect from the fact that they used institutionalised legitimacy to maintain their power base. Washington initially had the desire to maintain the period of uni-polar hegemony by not only increasing the size of its army and strengthening its economy but by ensuring that its lesser states and alliance partners deem its uni-polarity legitimate.
America was able to bolster its uni-polarity by providing security and other essential goods. Consequently, it strengthened alliances by providing global security and aid. Through all this show of power, other states and alliances would find it fit to bandwagon with the United States of America. Through its ability to make a democratic world, Iraqi invasion by America was a show of trying to shape Iraq into America’s image. Its invasion was more than just disarming a dictator and destroying alleged connection between Al Qaeda and Baghdad. America understands that developing new globalization strategy is important for its citizens as well as stopping terrorism. The invasion of Iraq, banking reforms, healthcare, Afghanistan, stopping Iran from getting the bomb and fixing climate change are among the power strategies employed by the U.S. (Boaz, 200). It should be noted that none of these issues can be addressed if America is uncompetitive and poor.
The second schema argues in terms of the institutions set by America to strengthen its base in the invasion. It holds similar thought to that of power but a question is whether democracy will hold in Iraq. America might have all the powers to invade Iraq but to maintain this, it had to look at the traditions of liberation and realisms. With this in mind, pessimists would argue with regards to successful democratisation of Iraq. They hold that democracy will hold in Iraq only if forces like Baghdad do not challenge America’s balance of power.
Liberals, on the other hand, will argue that institutions can considerably mitigate America’s security environment. This idea to maintain the supremacy emanates from America’s belief in intrinsic democratization of institutions to develop legitimacy effect. With the above schema in mind, norms must be adhered to. International institutions i.e. the UN and international laws are important to the mechanisms of power. The invasion was justified with the requirements of UN resolution 678 of 1990 (Weis, 50). It accepted authority, commands, and the use of all necessary force. This follows the unprecedented threat posed by Saddam and other terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction. The international institutions have the duty to prevent security disasters thus the schema supported the Iraqi invasion.
Power, institutions, and considerations of international institutions make the entire process. America invaded Iraq basing their actions on the interpretation of international laws. With regards to the norms, America generated their positions with reference to the moral claim detached from contemplation of international institutions. This is the reason why it was stated that President Saddam as a person and his history justifies his removal from power. Americans used power to produce their intended effect from the fact that they used institutionalised legitimacy to maintain their power base. As a super power, America uses this advantage to foster good relations with the rest of the world staying in tandem with world affairs. The country is at a position to exert its power time to recover since it has the ability to play its cards better than any other country.