From almost the moment of the invasion the death rate in Iraq improved, infant mortality rates (which rose sturdily throughout Saddam's reign) improved and the population boomed from 22 million to 31 million. Despite apparently erroneous reports of 600,000 Iraqis killed as of Sept, 2006 the final count is closer to 100,000 and most of those were Iraqis killing other Iraqis in a civil war that allied forced attempted to limit and control. An improvement in the death rate from 8.5 to 5 per 1000 per year in a country of 25 million would mean c. 75,000 Iraqis saved a year. The improvement in infant mortality rates would mean thousands of saved infants per year. Something positive was going on.
Was it worth the cost and lives? Not for the US but probably for Iraq and almost certainly for the region. Until we failed to get a forces agreement to keep some troops there, like we have in Germany 70 years after the war and Korea.
I don't agree with use of military to potential or suspected pre-empt an attack or to control and dominate other countries but it seems that the world community should react in cases like Rwanda, Cambodia, Liberia, Congo, and Iraq for humanitarian purposes. Have no idea why we are in Afghanistan.
Last edited by Eric7216; 04-10-14 at 09:38 PM.
Politicians/political partisans are a threat to world peace.
Neocons are politicians/political partisans
Therefor, Neocons are a threat to world peace.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
"Not learning from mistakes is worse than committing mistakes. When you don't allow yourself to make mistakes, it is hard to be tolerant of others and it does not allow even God to be merciful."
Neo Con policy direction has been trumped by Tea Party policy in the GOP.....which for foreign policy means NO policy.
Rather than forward an agenda, it seems all we do anymore is complain about someone elses.
As long as we have neo-con politicians that value imperialism and dropping bombs over diplomacy, America will never know peace.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger