Anyone remember the dusty Middle Eastern Country of Iraq? Well, our last combat brigade has officially left the country as of the 17th of August, 12 days ahead of President Obama’s August 31st deadline. That is combat troops; the remainder of US troops in Iraq will be pulled out by January 1, 2011.
The United States Military, along with other Nations, have been operating and fighting Iraqis, Pakistanis, and Afghans in Iraq (Cradle of Civilization, birthplace of the wheel & writing)…which basically became a cesspool for Radical Muslims from any country in the world that hates our Western Liberal Swinging ways to fight us. Ohh, and all in the name of Allah (God). And many could say our interests over there were less than pure as well …cough, oil, cough, money, cough big bush disorder.
I have a serious question for you. What is the reason the United States invaded Iraq?
If you answered 9/11 or Osama Bin Laden, you are wrong. Our invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with what happened on Sept. 11, 2001 or Osama Bin Laden’s crazy beard. It had to do with Saddam Hussein’s refusal to follow United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441 and the United States and England’s fear that Saddam had WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction aka NUKES).
And guess what??? The Iraq Survey Group found the last time Iraq was pursuing WMD was in 1991. The invasion of Iraq began in 2003. Also, there was NO evidence ever that Saddam Hussein ever harbored or supported Al-Qaeda or aided in their training.
Ever wonder how many lives were lost and the cost of the Iraq?Here are some stats for us all to think about.
Dollars and Cents:
- The US Government has spent $751 billion of tax payer’s dollars in Iraq. Expenses included everything from 3rd party private contractors to the Iraqi infrastructure.
- In 2008 $142 billion was the year the most was spent on the war in Iraq since the US entering Iraq.
- $51 billion is still projected to be spent in Iraq in 2011.
- As of August 18, 2010 according to iCasualties.org 4,415 American, 179 British and 139 coalition troops have died in Iraq.
- 9,537 Iraqi troops have died (good guys)
- And the real victims, like very ware, are the civilians, the innocent. Civilian deaths in Iraq are over 100,000.
The Facilities in Iraq, 3rd world style
- Only 20% of Iraqis have access to in-home sanitation.
- 45% have in-home drinking water.
- 50% have 12+ hours of electricity a day.
- 30% have access to public health services.
I am just grateful to be in this country and feel sorry for everyone who lost their lives in Iraq. All of this could have been prevented, sadly it was not.