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The Staggering, True Costs of the Iraq War


World  (tags: 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', 'HUMANRIGHTS!', conflict, death, government, iraq, politics, society, violence, war, world )

Kit
- 1040 days ago - alternet.org
As Americans would quickly find out, President Bush's declaration of victory was severely premature. Iraq would soon be in the throes of a violent insurgency and, eventually, a full-blown sectarian civil war.



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Val R. (244)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 2:38 pm
And they say the war in Iraq has ended though we still have many troops there - could go on - but will save that for another time.
 

Eternal Gardener (743)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:53 pm
No costs for the Bush's though, they've earned a lot through it... what a surprise!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 9:03 pm
We can't afford to fight other people's wars.

We need to get busy, very busy, minding OUR OWN business.
 

Walter Firth (45)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 10:48 pm
Thanks Kit.The money spent is only money,there will always be more.The sorrow and pain caused by the loss of human life is incalculable.Those who lost their loved ones will live with the sense of loss and sadness all their days.Women will live lonely lives and children with miss the fathers they will never have.And the mindless unwinnable war in Afghanistan still goes on ,people are still dying.
 

John Gregoire (257)
Friday December 16, 2011, 6:13 am
I would say the Obama declaration is also premature. We never should have been there -true. Why did we stay? I don't see where Obama had anything to support staying in that hell hole. Ditto for Afghanistan. Not only that but how many hidden costs did we have? By this I mean what equipment, building and treasure did we leave behind for the ungrateful Iraqis?
 

lee e. (114)
Friday December 16, 2011, 6:53 am
The costs are great, it cost the "face" of America, and I for one of its citizens, it cost my faith in the country - it will be a long time before I see this country one that I can be proud of - I don't think it will happen in my lifetime - a shame - we now have desecrated the constitution, we are a torture nation, we have become legitimately imperialist - against immigration and fascist - if that isn't a shame, I don't know what is - not the country I was born in - I can't salute the flag - I will fight to bring back its integrity, but as a country and citizen I"m ashamed - never thought I'd say it!!
 

Esther Z. (96)
Friday December 16, 2011, 7:21 am
Noted. Iraq was such a needless war. What did we get for it? More worldwide resentment, hundreds of billions of wasted tax payer money that was desperately needed at home, American casualties, injured American soldiers sent home with permanent disabilities, countless Iraqi casualties, and a decimated country that will have to keep depending on us to fix the infrastructure we destroyed. The worst part will be an uncertain future for a country already showing signs of political corruption and strained relations between the ruling Sunni and Shiites sects. Yet, Mc Cain, a right wing conservative hawk, had the audacity to claim President Obama will deserve "scorn and disdain" for the Iraq pullout. Nevermind that the Iraqi war, as is the Afghanistan war, was a quagmire just like Vietnam. The Repugs really need to own this mistake and move on to more pressing matters, like fixing the economy!
 

Ben Oscarsito (316)
Friday December 16, 2011, 10:00 am
Yeah, but now Iraq is "FREE", isn't it...???
Attention; -I'm being sarcastic here...
 

Ben Oscarsito (316)
Friday December 16, 2011, 10:01 am
And; -The 2012 Nobel PEACE Prize goes to...The US Army!
 

Arielle S. (317)
Friday December 16, 2011, 12:39 pm
You've all said it much more eloquently than I could - but we all share the same sadness and the same disappointment in a country we were once proud of....
 

annelies j. (71)
Friday December 16, 2011, 12:43 pm
I wonder if that includes the 10 Billion that went "missing".....
 

Claudia O. (73)
Friday December 16, 2011, 12:56 pm
Stupid senseless war....and now, suddenly, it is "over".
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 16, 2011, 1:21 pm
Most people didn't like history when they had it in school. Now it seems they should have been paying attention. We did this in Vietnam and did it all over again in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the only ones who won were the war industries like Halliburton and Blackwater.
 

Brigitte H. (30)
Friday December 16, 2011, 1:41 pm
Don't people see that stupid Bush face and understand Presinent Obama is making good of his promises? It is about time that they do, though!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 16, 2011, 2:34 pm
Everytime I see Bush's face I want to vomate because he should have never ever gone in that country because they had NOTHING to do with the towers but we had to go to war with someone so they picked Iraq.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Friday December 16, 2011, 4:55 pm
The GOP and many of their supporters want war but now they don't want to pay for it. War is not free. Draft the rich kids and watch how fast that will change. Dang GOP...how about putting America first for a change.
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Friday December 16, 2011, 5:03 pm
The war certainly isn't over for the thousands of veterans who will have to live with their emotional and physical injuries the rest of their lives.
 

Dotti Lydon (113)
Friday December 16, 2011, 5:15 pm
Zee, I do agree with you. Charity begins at home. All this money that we send to other countries!!! when we have starving and home less in our country. It all boils down to that 1% who need to cough up tax dollars.
Minding our own business, YES.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday December 16, 2011, 5:18 pm

War, what is it good for? Makin' money baby, lots and lots of blood money.
 

Dolores M. (8)
Friday December 16, 2011, 5:36 pm
How many more wars do we need to have before we realize that we need to care for ourselves, here at home. Let the other countries figure it out for themselves. We have enough problems to deal with right here in our own backyard!
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Friday December 16, 2011, 6:17 pm
Just think what an incredible country we would have right now if we hadn't gone to war. We could have sent every high school student to college, fixed our infrastructures, funded new technologies that would stop polluting the planet and had a lot less widows. That's just a beginning.
"War is not the Answer."
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday December 16, 2011, 6:22 pm

You guys are not getting Christmas cards from Halliburton with these attitudes.
Profit first, people last, I think that is probably our real national motto.
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Friday December 16, 2011, 6:36 pm
I wonder how much of this money got into someone's pocket instead of the war?
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (276)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 12:10 am
THIS DOES NOT SURPRISE ME AT ALL
 

JustaHuman Here (53)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 6:09 am
Not to forget that more American soldiers die on suicide than on the battlefield.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 7:13 am
The Repugs can go straight to hell. Bush agreed to this time line before Obama was President. The Sovereign Government of Iraq to the US to get the hell out. And for those that just refuse to remember the Iraq War was a Profiteering Venture for the profit of Oil Companies and the Military Industrial Complex, with Cheney's old Company Haliburton/KBR being among the big winners.
 

Roger M. (0)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 7:59 am
Thanks for updating us on this.
 

. (0)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 8:18 am
Esther Z said everything that I would have said. You hit the nails on the head. Bush, the simpleton, made so many suffer for what? Most intelligent people realize the only real Axis of Evil were Bush and Cheney.... And the world suffered for their arrogance and brutality and we are still suffering for it.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 11:05 am
When do the Bush/Cheney war crimes trials start? Trails because once the trail here for crimes against humanity, the US and it's peoples are over, then the trails in Iraq and Afghanistan should then follow.
 

Marianna Molnar Woods (9)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 5:57 am
thanks
 

Sharon F. (0)
Monday December 19, 2011, 5:25 pm
The war ON Iraq was a terrible mistake; what a waste of lives, $, fuel, etc.

I feel sorry for the Iraqi citizens who lost family members because of the big bully from the West. Why are people so gullible to support a senseless war?? Sheeple behavior (two-legged sheep; animals easily led).
 

OmegaForPrez now (1)
Friday January 20, 2012, 12:16 pm
Okay, so $806 billion was spent on Bush Jr's war in Iraq. Well, I guess his dad sure is proud of him now, maybe got him a coffee mug that says "best son". Although, if I was president, $806 billion dollars could stop and eradicate world hunger for 4 solid years. (The United Nations has estimated the cost of ending world hunger at about $195 billion a year.) Wow, we went into a war with a leader of a country because he told Bush Sr. that he had a bigger dick than he, when we could have done something for the world? Imagine how the face of America would have changed if we had spent that money on stopping world hunger?
 

Brian M. (197)
Thursday February 2, 2012, 12:39 pm
A million dead Iraqis and all the U.S. has won is its one special distinction as a terrorist nation.
 

paul m. (93)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 2:29 pm

WAR! It Makes money for the arms dealers !!
 

Harsha Vardhana R (57)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 9:50 pm
Billions are suffering without safe and sufficient water across the globe. The standard reason is lack of funds!!

Let us compare war costs and WHO estimates.

A WHO estimate for cost of water supply to all

http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/wsh0404summary/en/ - "Access for all to regulated in-house piped water supply with quality monitoring and in-house sewerage connection with partial treatment of sewage would require a total investment of US$136.5 billion per year"

And it also says "US$1 invested would give an economic return of between US$3 and US$34, depending on the region"

The public opinion needs to strong and decisive.
 
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