Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"The United States wishes to see a future Iraq that is democratic, unified, and at peace with its neighbors, and that rises to become a respected member of the international community.
A new government in Iraq - without Saddam and his repressive circle of family, clans, and supporters - would give the international community an opportunity to work together to heal the wounds of the past decade and help Iraqi citizens rebuild their social, political, and economic lives. The Iraqi people deserve no less."
"Iraq: From Fear to Freedom," usinfo.state.gov, Dec. 2002
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"Congress established the U.S. Department of State in 1789, replacing the Department of Foreign Affairs, which was established in 1781. The Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy, and promotes and protects the interests of American citizens by:
Promoting peace and stability in regions of vital interest;
Creating jobs at home by opening markets abroad;
Helping developing nations establish investment and export opportunities;
Bringing nations together to address global problems such as cross-border pollution, the spread of communicable diseases, terrorism, nuclear smuggling, and humanitarian crises.
At our headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Department’s mission is carried out through six regional bureaus – each of which is responsible for a specific geographic region of the world, the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, and numerous functional and management bureaus. These bureaus provide policy guidance, program management, administrative support, and in-depth expertise in matters such as law enforcement, economics, the environment, intelligence, arms control, human rights, counternarcotics, counterterrorism, public diplomacy, humanitarian assistance, security, nonproliferation, consular services, and other areas.."
"The mission of the Department, working closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to 'advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.'"
"Budget, Performance and Financial Snapshot Report-Fiscal Year 2008," www.state.gov (accessed Apr. 30, 2009)