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    Re: Was the Iraq War "Worth it"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    With the situation in Iraq unfolding do you believe that the Iraq War was worth it?
    Hard to say.

    Some good came out of it. Hussein is gone, and he was a bad man, and who knows what would have happened had he not been removed.

    I'm not a fan of pre-emptively striking a country that didn't attack us first, and to my knowledge Iraq never attacked us, so in that regard, it was wrong.

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    Re: Was the Iraq War "Worth it"

    Worth what? You could say it was worth removing Saddam from power and that's it from one perspective. You could say it was totally not worth it if you consider making Iraq a completely functional and democratic state forever from another.

    Where would 'it' end to be considered worth it? Pykes and Sicot are still being blamed nearly a century later.

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    Re: Was the Iraq War "Worth it"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    With the situation in Iraq unfolding do you believe that the Iraq War was worth it?
    It is far too complicated to look at in simple black and white terms. Worth it to who? Some people have had their lives improved by it, so to them, probably yes. Would I have made the decision to go? Probably not.

    And of course, it should be mentioned that "hindsight is 20-20". A better question would be is based on what we knew at the time, was it worth it to go into Iraq.
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    Re: Was the Iraq War "Worth it"

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    On behalf of those of us that have served in that conflict, I prefer it not be stated in such terms that might be construed as lessening the lives lost and blood spilled.

    I understand what you're getting at though, and I feel that it's a valid question to ask. I just would have phrased it differently though.
    I have mixed feelings over how blunt people should be. You could sugar coat it and say that brave soldiers sacrificed themselves for a cause they believed in. They fought the good fight and died heroically, and just leave it at that.

    My opinion is that soldiers don't ask for much, just that their government doesn't put them in harms way unless its necessary...

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    Re: Was the Iraq War "Worth it"

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I agree with Beaudreaux. I know what you mean, but I think there's a different way to say it. Better might be, "Do you think our strategy in Iraq ended in a cluster****?" Yeah, I like that.

    In Obama's hurry to close it down, he left this country in a mess. We have troops stationed all over the damned world on a permanent basis. Why not here? This country's stability is most certainly of great importance to the United States.

    Obama was dead wrong.
    I would agree if it were Obama's decision.

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    Re: Was the Iraq War "Worth it"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    My respects to the fallen. Meaning do you think it was worth the cause.
    Yes. I was proud to serve, and I was proud to have brought (apparently temporary) peace and freedom to a people who had known only fear and tyranny. That was worth it.

    Whether the whole war will end up producing net benefits that justify the costs?

    Chou En-Lai was once asked if the French Revolution had been a good thing. His reply was "It is still too early to tell." I sort of feel that way about Iraq. We gave a jump-start to the evolution of the region, and now it is going through some serious upheaval (as evolution does tend to do), which is exacerbated by a lack of good players capable of projecting reasonable levels of security. Where they end up might determine the answer to that question.

    I honestly don't know whether to be optimistic or not.

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    Re: Was the Iraq War "Worth it"

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    I have mixed feelings over how blunt people should be. You could sugar coat it and say that brave soldiers sacrificed themselves for a cause they believed in. They fought the good fight and died heroically, and just leave it at that.

    My opinion is that soldiers don't ask for much, just that their government doesn't put them in harms way unless its necessary...
    Good point.

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    Re: Was the Iraq War "Worth it"

    The Iraq War was not worth it from the beginning. It was based off of lies and was off from the original mission in Afghanistan. The Iraq War will mark GW's Presidency's as one of the worst political decisions in history.
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    Re: Was the Iraq War "Worth it"

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post

    And of course, it should be mentioned that "hindsight is 20-20". A better question would be is based on what we knew at the time, was it worth it to go into Iraq.
    As someone who bought into the WMD "slam-dunk", I thought it was worth going into Iraq, at the time.
    I think the 20-20 hindsight has made this country, as a whole, dubious about ME involvement.
    That's a good thing.
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    Re: Was the Iraq War "Worth it"

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    I would agree if it were Obama's decision.
    I didn't know he'd been impeached and convicted. Color me surprised.

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