Pro to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"The United States did not choose war—Saddam Hussein did. For twelve years, he violated 17 United Nations resolutions without cost or consequence. His regime had an international obligation to: To destroy its weapons of mass destruction; and To prove to the world that they had done so. He refused to do so. It was the UN Security Council which passed the 17th resolution declaring Saddam Hussein was in 'material breach' of his disarmament obligations, and giving him one 'final opportunity' to disarm...Had he done so, war could have been avoided."
Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defense, "Testimony on Iraq to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Washington, DC," July 9, 2003
"The United States of America has the ultimate responsibility to act to ensure the peace and security of our country and our people... Of Course we should like to have the unanimous support of all nations of good will. And it is important for the United Nations to demonstrate that it means what it said when it passed Resolution 1441 - its 17th resolution on Iraq since the Gulf War. We do not want to see the credibility of the U.N. go the way of the League of Nations, which failed to act to stop the slide into World War II."
Paul Wolfowitz, US Deputy Secretary of Defense, "Remarks to Veterans of Foreign Wars," Mar. 11, 2003
[Editor's Note: Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz were US Secretary of Defense and US Deputy Secretary of Defense, respectively, at the time of their Pro statements above.]
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"The Department of Defense (DoD Directive 5100.1) is responsible for providing the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States. The major elements of these forces are the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Under the President, who is also Commander-in-Chief, the Secretary of Defense exercises authority, direction, and control over the Department which includes the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, three Military Departments, nine Unified Combatant Commands, the DoD Inspector General, fifteen Defense Agencies, and seven DoD Field Activities."
"The Department of Defense Organizational Structure," www.defenselink.mil (accessed Feb. 27, 2009)
"The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.
We are war-fighters first and as such, have no peers.
We engage in: - War-fighting - Humanitarian Aid - Peacekeeping - Disaster Relief - Homeland Security."
"Welcome to the Department of Defense," www.defenselink.mil (accessed Feb. 27, 2009)
US government agency
Not membership based
$515.4 billion (2009)
Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
# of Offices:
More than 600,000 individual buildings and structures located at more than 6,000 different locations or sites
# of Staff:
2 million+ active duty, reserve duty, and civilian personnel