Well, in the last several years we've failed to bring the resistance to its knees, mainly because they're not dumb enough to use tactics we're accustomed to.
We can't really install a puppet, or it won't last. We also can't afford to rule Iraq from thousands of miles away, otherwise we'll end up suffering the kinds of losses and setbacks and frustrations we are now for the foreseeable future.
As for the cost: war is fairly cheap. The only reason we can't afford it is because of all the fiscal nonsense that went on in the Bush administration at the same time.
I forget exactly how much the war costs, but I do remember that it was hardly a number worth blinking at. Wars don't break banks like real estate speculation.Um, really?
Cheap compared to what?
Last edited by Patria Antiqua; 10-17-10 at 11:14 AM.
Anyway, Financial cost of the Iraq War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia says roughly 700 billion in direct costs. That's really not very much. I'm more worried about what we're going to spend on entitlements when Boomers retire.
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Wars can't be won politically The only way to win a war, is to kill the enemy, with the maximum amount of violence. Had we done that in 2003, we wouldn't still be talking about this. There damn sure wouldn't be an insurgent presence in Iraq.