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12/18/2011 @ 07:52 AM:

Iraq (50k image)

I'm so happy this has finally happened. "4,500 American and well more than 100,000 Iraqi lives and $800 billion from the U.S. Treasury." I'd rather not start another "but isn't the world better off without Saddam Hussein?" debate (it obviously is). The original rationale for going to war was flat out wrong. (WMDs?) After "Mission Accomplished" is when most U.S. and Iraqi lives were lost. Iraq broke out into civil war. "Operation: Iraqi Freedom" was paid for with borrowed dollars. (You know those political debates we've been having about U.S. debt?) And we now have tens of thousands of service members who will need years if not lifelong care for physical and mental trauma. By committing to war in 2003 we were committing to all of the above--whether we were willing to admit it at the time or not. Will we remember this, or did the lack of genuine media coverage desensitize us to the true costs of war?

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Andrew Thomas