There is no 'peace dividend'

Feb 19, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Chicago Tribune

A U.S. soldier celebrates as the last American troops leave Iraq in December 2011.

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One of the promises made to quell anti-war feeling on the part of many Americans was that the cost of the war would be compensated in oil, "black gold," as they say. Apparently, this is not happening and never will. We entered this war on the faulty "intelligence" that Saddam Hussein had a stockpile of "weapons of mass destruction" which could cause mass chaos in the Middle East. As it turned out, what weapons he did have were deteriorating devices provided to him years earlier by the US in the Iraqi war against Iran. Thus the premise for our engaging in a war with Iraq and the presumed method of paying for it were both false. The American people were duped by Bush and everyone else in his administration to engage in a war of choice for reasons that remain unclear.

Since Al Quaida was training and operating in Afghanistan, it made some sense to go there in retribition for the lives that were lost on 9/11. Iraq was a costly endeavor without any great benefit to us.
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There is a substantial peace dividend from exiting Iraq. Look at the latest casuality reports, not the $$ signs.

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iraq was a waste of life and money

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I apologize for seeming callous and indifferent. I was trying to convey the point that we invaded the wrong place for the most tenuous reasons and have now withdrawn without any clear resolution or accomplishment. It is a blessing that no more young soldiers will die there or suffer impairment. as a consequence of this literally misbegotten war, but this is small compensation for the known casualties and to their. families. I agree with the above post in that Iraq, despite all efforts to paint our involvement as a noble cause, was a waste of time, lives and resources.
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No Child Left wrote:
One of the promises made to quell anti-war feeling on the part of many Americans was that the cost of the war would be compensated in oil, "black gold," as they say. Apparently, this is not happening and never will. We entered this war on the faulty "intelligence" that Saddam Hussein had a stockpile of "weapons of mass destruction" which could cause mass chaos in the Middle East. As it turned out, what weapons he did have were deteriorating devices provided to him years earlier by the US in the Iraqi war against Iran. Thus the premise for our engaging in a war with Iraq and the presumed method of paying for it were both false. The American people were duped by Bush and everyone else in his administration to engage in a war of choice for reasons that remain unclear.
Since Al Quaida was training and operating in Afghanistan, it made some sense to go there in retribition for the lives that were lost on 9/11. Iraq was a costly endeavor without any great benefit to us.
True enough and Obama and his bosses carry on with the legacy.

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