The big question: Was Iraq worth it?

The big question: Was Iraq worth it?

There are 13 comments on the The Wichita Eagle story from Dec 11, 2011, titled The big question: Was Iraq worth it?. In it, The Wichita Eagle reports that:

Capt. Jeremy Salsbury, middle, a nurse anesthetist with the Army Reserve,with his family, from left: Elijah, wife Katie, Braden, Jackson, Maggie and Carter.

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thirty something

Topeka, KS

#1 Dec 12, 2011
Wasn't this war a Bush thing? Everyone keeps harping on Obama!!! Prety sure he did not start this mess
Wrong Facts

Junction City, KS

#2 Dec 12, 2011
Obama failed to finish it within 6 months of his election, as he repeatedly promised on the campaign trail.

See your other post.
thirty something

Topeka, KS

#3 Dec 12, 2011
Wrong Facts wrote:
Obama failed to finish it within 6 months of his election, as he repeatedly promised on the campaign trail.
See your other post.
He cannot finish something alone when all the other idiots won't let him! Bush was he closest thing toElmer Fudd we have ever had in office!!!
Chuckles

Junction City, KS

#4 Dec 13, 2011
Get clear. What "idiots" won't let Obama finish the war?

Your opinion on Bush is noted. Move on to current events.
Diogenes

Lansing, MI

#5 Dec 15, 2011
Dubya Bush stood at the podium and told Congress and the American people that he was going to pay for the Iraq war with Iraqi Oil Money. Not one single copper cent of Iraqi Oil Money has been used to pay for the cost of the war. Where did that money go? Who got the money?
What did we win in Iraq?
Why have we been paying with American tax dollars to rebuild infrastructure in Iraq?
Why did Dick Cheney's old company Halliburton get all those no-bid contracts to rebuild roads, bridges, schools, electric power generation stations, city water works, etc.? And why were MY tax dollars used to pay Halliburton?
What have we won in Iraq?
Wrong Facts

Junction City, KS

#6 Dec 16, 2011
Diogenes wrote:
Dubya Bush stood at the podium and told Congress and the American people that he was going to pay for the Iraq war with Iraqi Oil Money. Not one single copper cent of Iraqi Oil Money has been used to pay for the cost of the war. Where did that money go? Who got the money?
That was never said. I posted the two closest quotes on your other thread.
Diogenes wrote:
What did we win in Iraq?
Why have we been paying with American tax dollars to rebuild infrastructure in Iraq?
Why did Dick Cheney's old company Halliburton get all those no-bid contracts to rebuild roads, bridges, schools, electric power generation stations, city water works, etc.? And why were MY tax dollars used to pay Halliburton?
What have we won in Iraq?
Of interest to this rant: WHY did Obama, after hammering on Halliburton, give Halliburton a no-bid contract worth $568 Million with multiple open-ended extensions?

Politics is complex.

Power corrupts.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
thirty something

Topeka, KS

#7 Dec 16, 2011
Wrong Facts wrote:
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That was never said. I posted the two closest quotes on your other thread.
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Of interest to this rant: WHY did Obama, after hammering on Halliburton, give Halliburton a no-bid contract worth $568 Million with multiple open-ended extensions?
Politics is complex.
Power corrupts.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.You did not answer Diogenes questions1
You did not answer Diogenes questions
Wrong Facts

Junction City, KS

#8 Dec 17, 2011
The questions were predicated on an incorrect premise.

Diogenese premise is that Bush Jr made promises he did not make. Diogenese assertion that he/she saw Bush at a podium make these claims is false. I am willing to retract that statement if he/she can find a video clip or print article from a legitimate news service backed up with fact.

I posted the response on the other thread.

We were never in Iraq to "win".

There was no promise to claim the Iraqi oil fields.

We didn't "win" anything.

You'll have to ask Obama about Halliburton. I believe, from what I have read, that the cost for bidding the contract and setting a new company in Iraq far exceeded the cost for Halliburtons continued service.
Wrong Facts

Junction City, KS

#9 Dec 17, 2011
Diogenes questions were predicated on an incorrect premise.

His/Her claim is that: "Bush stood at the podium and told Congress and the American people that he was going to pay for the Iraq war with Iraqi Oil Money."

This never happened. I posted the two closest quotes that allude to Iraq having a strong oil economy which could pay for it's own rebuilding, but no statement by George W Bush was ever made to that end.

I am willing to withdraw that statement if someone can find a factual quote, link or video. Something that volitile should be easy to find.

We were never in Iraq to "win" anything. Winning is a black and white concept that has nothing to do with world governments.

As for Halliburton, you would have to ask Obama why he awarded the contract and allowed Halliburton to remain in Iraq.

I believe the response will be that the cost to replace Halliburton, the men on the ground, the machinery and equipment already in place was much higher than the cost to allow them to remain.

The rest of your answers are on the other thread.

thirty something

Topeka, KS

#10 Dec 17, 2011
Well Diogenes I am counting on you to come up with the proof Dumb Ass Bush said it
Wrong Facts

Junction City, KS

#11 Dec 20, 2011
Looks like you got your answer, "thirty-something".

For all the name-calling and bashing that goes on inpolitics, for all the over-simplification and "bumper-sticker" slogans that are made to minimalize fact and maximize injury to the credibility of different politicians there is one thing that is absolutely undeniable:

The problems in this country are due to political in-fighting between the two main factions. There is plenty of blame to go around.

As for me, none of the name-calling and blame matters much since we cannot turn back the clock or change what has happened.

Better to learn from the past, look forward and with a positive attitude and prayerful consideration try to put the right men and women into the House and Senate as well as the Oval Office.
thirty something

Topeka, KS

#12 Dec 20, 2011
Wrong Facts wrote:
Looks like you got your answer, "thirty-something".
For all the name-calling and bashing that goes on inpolitics, for all the over-simplification and "bumper-sticker" slogans that are made to minimalize fact and maximize injury to the credibility of different politicians there is one thing that is absolutely undeniable:
The problems in this country are due to political in-fighting between the two main factions. There is plenty of blame to go around.
As for me, none of the name-calling and blame matters much since we cannot turn back the clock or change what has happened.
Better to learn from the past, look forward and with a positive attitude and prayerful consideration try to put the right men and women into the House and Senate as well as the Oval Office.
Well said. You are a smart person
Dennis Rader

Fairfield, CT

#13 Dec 21, 2011
Hell yes it was worth it.

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