Iraq, Ten Years After The U.S. Lead Invasion, Was It Worth It? [POLL]
It's been a decade since the U.S. lead invasion of Iraq and still today the region is torn between progress and chaos. Our country made an investment of about $1.7 trillion and the loss of 4,487 American troops. When considering the cost of an additional trillion to care for the veterans of the war over the next decade one asks, "Was it worth it"?
Some say yes as Iraq is getting closer and closer to independence with help by an oil boom and bold, ambitious leaders who have kept many areas safe. According to the Washington Post:
The Shiite provinces in the south are enjoying a renaissance, reaping millions from improved security and the exponential growth of religious tourism. Pockets of the new Iraq are brimming with optimism. To drive around the southern province of Najaf, home to one of the most sacred shrines in Shiite Islam, is to behold the type of Iraq that the United States once hoped to leave behind.
The other side of the coin says no displaying the feelings of many Americans who claim that the war was justified to the country by alarming claims that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The assertion of connections to al-Qaida terrorists and Saddam also turned out to be false. Opponents of the war assert that President Bush himself, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made these claims in public with absolute confidence, even while privately were voicing their doubts.
So, it's been tens years since we saw the 'shock and awe' of the war...has you opinion changed? Was It Worth It?