Letter: What has costly Iraq action achieved?
Published 11:14 am, Friday, August 29, 2014
There is a disturbing statistic from the Department of Defense. An average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day! Over 8,000 a year.
Other stats are as follows:
Iraq cost us more than 4,800 dead (add the 8,000 suicides a year and we have many more dead); 100,000 have been wounded; trillions of dollars have been spent. The enormous toll on the Iraqi people has not yet been fully calculated.
We illegally invaded a country we were trying to save from a terrible dictator. Now it is imploding. We tried to set up a working democracy. We funded an impotent Iraqi police and army. The weapons we supplied have been used to kill our own troops. The Shias and the Sunnis are killing each other every day. A new terrorist army is capturing towns and villages. Al-Maliki hides in the safety zone and makes sure his money is in a safe place outside Iraq.
The country is in turmoil. What did we accomplish in more than 10 years?