DISCUSSION: What Are Your Impressions Of The Iraq War?
It's over, but was this a smart move for the U.S.?
The Iraq War is over.
This nine-year confrontation with terrorism brings questions about the stability of the region. But the biggest questions of all remain to be answered, was it worth it? Did we accomplish our goals?
This Huffington Post story points out the costs -- 100,000 Iraqi lives, 4,500 American lives, and a price tag of $800 billion. But the story fails to point out the psychological impact on the troops that came home, the soldiers that live with physical and emotional scars. A CBS story on how much money was spent on infrastructure projects in Iraq gives a mixed review of whether the projects were completed. A USA Today story also tracks our war spending and the transfer of wealth. And, in a New York Times story, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, said the terrorists will test the Iraqi people now that the U.S. troops are gone.
You can't help but wonder how Americans feel about this war. Do you think about it? Or are we so wrapped up in our own economic woes to consider these questions? What will happen to these soldiers? How do we feel about the job they did? And how do you feel about the war being over? What are our obligations to our soldiers and the Iraqi people?
I'd love to read your impressions on this topic.