Did we gain something from the Iraq war?
Ten years after the war, what did we gain from it? Positive consequences of war.
What do you mean by we? We as the politicians representing the people or we as the people? It's been at least 10 years since the people were not involved in any personal gain! Where is the relevance of your question?
No. We conquered the Republic of Iraq. And instead of annexing it, we promptly gave it full "independence" with the hope that its new government could act as a front in our efforts to indirectly control it and treat it as another subject nation. This did not work.
A less than significant reduction in the world's population for no good reason is about all that was gained.
It doesn't appear so at the moment. If a more secular democracy ever takes hold in that region and begins to spread, than we may look back in 50 years and say that it was the beginning. For the moment that seems like just a dream. Whether or not we agree that the Iraq War, the war in Afghanistan or anywhere else made sense at the onset is open for debate. But one thing that seems clear is the US has a bad habit of trying to nation build. Afghanistan should have been reserved for the special forces to track down Bin-Laden and his supporters. But sending Marines and Army there to build roads and schools seems like a waste of time, money and blood to buy an international friendship that we really don't need. President Bush campaigned on no more military usage for nation building back in 2000. He should have stuck to the original plan.
by ryankett7 years ago
Firstly, let me point out that I am a full supporter of the continued efforts in Afghanistan. Whilst I am still slightly cynical of the possible underlying motives, there can be no doubt that the country under Taliban...
by Ralph Deeds7 years ago
Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney release their memoirs early next year. What are they and other neoconservatives who pushed for the Iraq War in the Bush Administration saying now? Brookings Institution Senior...
by Deforest3 years ago
As Iraq descends into chaos again, more than a decade after "Mission Accomplished," media commentators and politicians have mostly agreed upon calling the war a "mistake." But the "mistake"...
by Ralph Deeds8 years ago
The foreign policy establishment, for the most part including the New York Times editorial page, has called our military activities in Afghanistan a "necessary war," in contrast to our invasion of Iraq....
by BristolBoy8 years ago
With the news that a further 8 UK service personnel have died in Afghanistan in the last 24 hours it means that deaths in this war now exceed those due to the Iraq conflict. As a result calls are increasing for...
by Nira Perkins5 years ago
How do you explain war, such as the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, to young children?
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.