Considering the cost in blood and treasure, I had no choice to vote NO. It's been recently estimated the ultimate cost to be $2.2 Trillion 4500 of our troops died there; thousands of our troops received life altering injuries. Including Iraqis, 190,000 people died in the war, which is enough to complexly fill every seat of Yankee Statium 4 times.
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Is the world a better place without those 4300 brave Americans who died to oust Sadaam? How about the 20,000 who lost limbs?
For just the money alone spent in Iraq and Afghanistan (not counting the loss of life, which can't be calculated in terms of money) - the U.S. could have created a nationwide security system so elaborate, so thorough, so effective that it would prevent the second coming of christ...well, if such an event was ever possible...and somehow inside of the U.S. You get the gist.
How cool of a national security system could be built for say...$3 trillion buckitos? I think it would be beyond Big Brother's wildest dreams.
Every type of transportation coming into the U.S...could probably employ 1 security person for every 1 passenger...for eons...and not come close to costing $3 trillion bucks.
Is the world better off without Saddam Hussain? Yes.
Is the world better off without Osama Bin Laden? Yes, again.
Is the world better off without the thousands of ordinary Iraqis who died as a result of the war? No.
Is the world better off without the American soldiers who died? No.
Will Iraq be better off if they can actually achieve democracy? Without a doubt.
Is there a likelihood that Iraq will be a democracy in our lifetime? Good question. I'm not optimistic.
There are several questions that have to be asked about Iraq and the wider "war on terror".
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?