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Listen to the 35 second mark. He gets his own wife's name wrong.
I agree that our military should not be used to police the world but I also know the best defense is a strong offense and I would prefer to fight the Terrorists 'over there' than here in our streets. Putting whether you agree with Iraq and Afghanistan aside our military is in fact stronger and more capable now than it was before. No training can ever simulate what our military has experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan and those experiences have given us a much stronger and much more capable force. You forge steel with fire.
The lives lost is very sad. But we are there now and the sacrifice has been made so as long as we need oil we should retain bases in those countries so we can protect our oil interests. We should also have the Iraqis pay us back all that we have spent to liberate them from their oil revenues before we leave.
We ARE fighting in our streets, as the civil unrest is escalating - but instead of terrorists, we are fighting US citizens who are losing everything to banks & corporations who are raking in the handsome profits through fraud & deceit. And yes, some of those corporations are profiting from the loss of our soldiers (war), ie, Haliburton, KBR, etc. As of June the total cost of these "wars" was estimated at between 3.7 trillion & could reach 4.4 trillon before the end of this year. Bring our military home & put them on our boarders, stop the influx of immigration as it is today - because basically, if you have the time & money, you can come to the US legally. I have seen first hand, the process for legal entry.
All of my sons served, one was medically retired & my daughter in law was lost. Sure, I have the flag that draped her coffin, but do you think that really comforts my family - sad does not decribe it. Do you really believe that I feel better because we protected our oil interests? Why not strip the government regulations & allow free market to get out the alternatives to oil, which do exist.
How are we stronger today? Our troops are all over the world & "our door is unlocked". If terrorists wanted to get in, all they have to do is walk over the boarder. Let's forge our steel here at home, we have plenty of fire.
Now, I have 3 grandbabies leaving between December & March. I will continue to fight for peace and the return of our troops to US soil. I think that Vietman should have taught us something. The illegal wars today are more of the same; lies, deceit, profits for a few, and saving face.
As far as Iraq giving us anything - they are going to take possession of most of the equipment the US is leaving behind & we don't even know who's going to benefit from that. They leave & the base is stripped. The interest of American people have not been served, it has been the interest of politians & corporations that have dictated most of what we face today. History repeats itself and it seems we have not learned a thing.
A Sep 11 2011
By Deborah White, About.com Guide
For your quick reading, I've listed key statistics about the Iraq War and occupation, taken primarily from data analyzed by various think tanks, including The Brookings Institution's Iraq Index, and from mainstream media sources. Data is presented as of August 30, 2011, except as indicated. U.S. SPENDING IN IRAQ Spent & Approved War-Spending - About $900 billion of US taxpayers' funds spent or approved for spending through November 2010.Lost & Unaccounted for in Iraq - $9 billion of US taxpayers' money and $549.7 milion in spare parts shipped in 2004 to US contractors. Also, per ABC News, 190,000 guns, including 110,000 AK-47 rifles. Lost and Reported Stolen - $6.6 billion of U.S. taxpayers' money earmarked for Iraq reconstruction, reported on June 14, 2011 by Special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction Stuart Bowen who called it "the largest theft of funds in national history." (Source - CBS News) Last known holder of the $6.6 billion lost: the U.S. government.Missing - $1 billion in tractor trailers, tank recovery vehicles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and other equipment and services provided to the Iraqi security forces. (Per CBS News on Dec 6, 2007.)Mismanaged & Wasted in Iraq - $10 billion, per Feb 2007 Congressional hearingsHalliburton Overcharges Classified by the Pentagon as Unreasonable and Unsupported - $1.4 billion Amount paid to KBR, a former Halliburton division, to supply U.S. military in Iraq with food, fuel, housing and other items - $20 billionPortion of the $20 billion paid to KBR that Pentagon auditors deem "questionable or supportable" - $3.2 billionU.S. Annual Air-Conditioning Cost in Iraq and Afghanistan - $20.2 billion (Source - NPR, June 25, 2011)U.S. 2009 Monthly Spending in Iraq - $7.3 billion as of Oct 2009U.S. 2008 Monthly Spending in Iraq - $12 billionU.S. Spending per Second - $5,000 in 2008 (per Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on May 5, 2008)Cost of deploying one U.S. soldier for one year in Iraq - $390,000 TROOPS IN IRAQ Troops in Iraq - Total 44,000 U.S. troops as of June 30, 2011. All other nations have withdrawn their troops.U.S. Troop Casualties - 4,477 US troops; 98% male. 91% non-officers; 82% active duty, 11% National Guard; 74% Caucasian, 9% African-American, 11% Latino. 19% killed by non-hostile causes. 54% of US casualties were under 25 years old. 72% were from the US Army Non-U.S. Troop Casualties - Total 316, with 179 from the UK US Troops Wounded - 32,175 as of June 30, 2011, 20% of which are serious brain or spinal injuries. (Total excludes psychological injuries.)US Troops with Serious Mental Health Problems - 30% of US troops develop serious mental health problems within 3 to 4 months of returning home US Military Helicopters Downed in Iraq - 75 total, at least 36 by enemy fire IRAQI TROOPS, CIVILIANS & OTHERS IN IRAQ Private Contractors in Iraq, Working in Support of US Army Troops - More than 180,000 in August 2007, per TheNation.com.. Journalists killed - 149, 97 by murder and 52 by acts of warJournalists killed by US Forces - 14 Iraqi Police and Soldiers Killed - 10,125Iraqi Civilians Killed, Estimated - On October 22, 2010, ABC News reported "a secret U.S. government tally that puts the Iraqi (civilian) death toll over 100,000," information that was included in more than 400,000 military documents released by Wikileaks.com.A UN issued report dated Sept 20, 2006 stating that Iraqi civilian casualties have been
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