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Ethical Analysis

I need help in putting together information that I can use and l also need guidance for the structure for an analysis of the ethical dimensions in "The Decision to Go to War with Iraq". This case study focuses on government bureaucracy and how its various layers compete for influence and power. According to Stillman, each subsystem of a bureaucracy develops its own distinct set of values according to which it organizes its decision-making. I have attached some documents that can be used to put the analysis together. The analysis must show how the organizational structure, either intentionally or unintentionally, promoted or disabled ethical values. Identify the key ethical decision points. Identify the bureaucratic subsystems involved in each of the decision points and the values orientation out of which they operated. Evaluate how the unified ethics model proposed by Geuras and Garafalo might have made an impact on the decisions made. What questions would you have asked, and at what point?

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Hello Orlando,
Hi and thank you for your patience. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to put together information with regards to the ethics of the decisions that led the US to go to war with Iraq. Much has already been written about this topic - but for the purpose of showing an understanding of the subject and methods associated to ethical analysis in relation to bureaucracy, do choose an ethical position (unified ethics) and apply. I suggest this particular outline:

1. Ethics of war and Governments - 100 words
2. Unified ethics by Geuras & Garafalo - 150 words
3. Key ethical points on the decision to go to war with Iraq (qoute a published source) - 200 words
4. Apply the principles of Geuras and Garafalo - 150 words
5. Provide a selection of your own questions and timeline - 150 words
6. Reflection - 100 words

This outline should yield around 850 words which should cover what you initially need for this topic. I am supposing that this will become a foundation for you as I believe that this topic will be further explore in this particular stage of your study. Just let me know if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies!


Ethics on the Decisions to go to war with Iraq

The war with Iraq in 2003 was a coalition-performed invasion of Iraq, but while NATO states and selected UN nations were involved (including the UK, Australia & Japan), it was America that led the invasion under 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' or OIF. The root case behind the declaration of war was the purported WMD or weapons of mass destruction that then Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein has amassed. This was of course part of the response to the Global War on Terrorism - a direct result of 9/11 and American fears of the utilization of such weapons to terrorise the world via state-sponsored terrorist activities. While in the end, no such weapons were found, and much has been said and exposed in the media about the motivations and purportions behind the government decisions that led to OIF. The question of the ethics of the decision to invade Iraq therefore is still much debated. Was it ethical? Did the US and the governments that supported the move did the right thing? Governments must always ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of Ethical Analysis, in particular on the ethics of the decisions to go to war with Iraq by the American nation. Each of the associated tasks for the research are tackled to assist the student. A simple outline is suggested. Resources are also included for further exploration of the topic.