Now that the Iraq war is finally coming to a close it’s time to ask if it was worth it.
I’d have to say absolutely not. Afghanistan was a justified war that dragged on in part because we decided to kick Iraq’s ass for no good reason. We’ve wasted billions first destroying and then attempting to rebuild a country that posed absolutely no threat to the United States. And we damaged our reputation and standing with our allies in the process. Worst of all, we compromised on our own values and engaged in torture and war crimes. The Iraq war is not a success story, but a lesson in hubris and arrogance. #seb
See also: Turning the Page in Iraq by Brian Katulis, U.S.-Iraq Relations Enter a New Era by Peter Juul
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The United States is withdrawing the last of its troops from Iraq this month, which makes now an appropriate time to begin weighing the costs and benefits to U.S. national security from our intervention there.
On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush stood aboard the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and …