• War in Iraq Wasn’t Worth the Price America Paid

    September 30, 2012

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Iraq

    The Sioux City Iowa Journal, not a typical liberal left outlet, sadly concludes that the war in Iraq was not worth it:

    Ending with little fanfare or celebration and no longer a front page story, it is now fair to ask the question, “Was it worth it?” Unless you can check reasoning and logic at the door, the answer seems to be a resounding “no.”

    The article goes on to ask:

    Who paid the price for this war? Many. The numbers are staggering: 4,487 U.S. soldiers gave their lives in Iraq, 32,753 were wounded, 103,160 – 113,728 Iraqi deaths have been documented (other estimates are as high as 654,965 – Iraqi record-keeping is ad hoc at best), five million Iraqi children were orphaned as of 2007 and sadly, the number of casualties will continue to increase as post-combat-related suicides continue at an alarming rate and families cope with the difficulties of post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Finally, the article references We Meant Well on the failure of reconstruction:

    The attempted reconstruction of Iraq was the largest nation-building program in history, even exceeding the cost of the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild Europe after World War II. At a cost to taxpayers of more than $63 billion, the plan was lavishly funded, yet fraught with pervasive waste, inefficiency, mistaken judgments, and flawed policies. It spent money indiscriminately in the hopes that some good might come from it. (For a detailed account, read “We Meant Well” by Peter Van Buren.)

    So how has all this war and “rebuilding” worked for the country of Iraq? Not so well. Sectarian violence and random killings are pervasive. The government appears largely dysfunctional and is the 10th most “failed” country in the world. Sixty to 70 percent of Iraqi children suffer psychological problems. Malnutrition rates are high, safe drinking water is rare and electricity sporadic. And, they hate us.


    A very sad legacy. Read the entire article online now at The Sioux City Iowa Journal.



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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “Was it worth it?” Unless you can check reasoning and logic at the door, the answer seems to be a resounding “no.”

      Blackwater, “Hellisburnin” and the ilk would beg to differ. War is hell but it sure is profitable.

      09/30/12 1:57 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote: .. “Was it Worth It?”…..

      hmmm..was it worth it? UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE-

      On a scale of 1-10, I vote this one warrants a fucking 10+ ..I mean a fucking Record in the INCREDULOUS-METER annuls of history.

      I mean…this is really..really..REALLY an a epiphany. Fucking priceless. Ya know..if that question wasn’t so insidiously breathtaking.. I’d be ROTFLMFAO. Worth it. Fucking worth it..holy sheeszush-H-motherfuckingcrist… as if there was like some kind of ..well..I don’t know..like a HUMAN SUFFERING AND DEATH WORTH-O-METER. Yeah. I can see it now.. I bet it’s in some backroom at the US Department of Fucking Stupidity.. where a room full of Sub-Zero IQ IT doods are busy analyzing the latest results from some $100mil software called WAR-PROFITS CALCULATOR- as it spits out the $$$$$risk/profit database…. hmmm, that’s odd. there.. in the field for death. civilian or ..N/A Or hunger… hmmm..O.. Or how bout that in the main maiming costs field..WHO CARES?. Or how bout the veterans care field..LMFAO…oh..and yeah.. there in the Carnage field…LOTS…. and down at the bottom..there in the Oligarchy Profits field…yup.. TONS OF IT….

      ya know…sometimes I get the feeling this planet must be infested with brain sucking alien parasites…or Darwin was a staggering idiot of the third degree.

      (sighing)

      note to self..file under
      “more GREAT MOMENTS IN FUCKING STUPIDITY…”

      10/1/12 6:08 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      ps. should have read..quote: “Worth the Price America Paid” unquote

      god what I’d give for a FACEPALM smiley.

      10/1/12 6:23 PM | Comment Link

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