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iraq war, by the numbers

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http://www.salon.com/2013/03/19/iraq_war_by_the_numbers/

Number of years since the U.S. invaded Iraq: 10

Number of Iraqi civilians dead as a consequence: At minimum, between 123,000 and 134,000

Number of Iraqis internally displaced or who fled the country: 2.8 million (that’s one in 12 Iraqis)

Number of U.S. troop casualties: 4,484

Number of coalition troop casualties: 4,803

Number of U.S. troops wounded: 32,223

Number of non-Iraqi contractors killed: at least 463

Number of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnoses in U.S. service members: 103,792

Number of bombs dropped in Shock and Awe Campaign: 4,845

U.S. financial cost so far: $1.7 trillion

Amount owed to U.S. veterans in benefits: $490 billion

Predicted cost to U.S. over next four decades: $6 trillion

Cost of U.S. reconstruction efforts: $60 billion

Amount of reconstruction effort funds wasted: over $8 billion

Halliburton overcharges classified by the Pentagon as Unreasonable and Unsupported: $1.4 billion

Number of WMDs discovered: 0

way to go guys, great job

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U.S. financial cost so far: $1.7 trillion

oh those pesky big spender liberals.

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hey look...

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there could be 10 threads on this war on the front page of the tinderbox and it still wouldn't be enough to fully capture how fuging stupid it was

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there could be 10 threads on this war on the front page of the tinderbox and it still wouldn't be enough to fully capture how fuging stupid it was

Agreed. I've been reading and listening to a lot of stories this week. It rekindled my outrage. Its too bad no one high up will face some sort of consequences. What damage they did. Shame on me for voting for those guys twice.

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back when all this was starting i was a rabid hypernationalist who joined the marine corps to go blow up some muzzies and spent my community college years making powerpoints on why the iraq war was justified and even necessary for freedom and stuff and showing them in all my classes

it's really interesting ten years later to see how disconnected i am from my 2003 paradigm when i supported those things, and now i have to wonder to what extent the people who still support it (or did back then and won't admit to not having changed) were ideological brethren with me. having been a part of it i can attest to how scary and dangerous those lines of thinking are, and i think it's part of the reason i've become so opposed to the republican party as a whole, as it seems to embody the depth and breadth of every terrible quality i mentioned, all the while masquerading as a champion of justice.

an epistemological mindfug, tbh

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fug America. fug God Damn America.

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Don't you think it would be pretty obvious they have no WMDs?

These people can't even tie their shoes, and are dumb as poo.

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I remember how impotent I felt telling people this was all baloney back then, Bush and his crew were the greatest manipulators of political power and public opinion as related to the detriment of the nation in our history.

The politicians were forced to vote for it, remembering how many of them got pummeled for not being fans of the Gulf War, the people were scared into believing all the crap out of pure ignorance and fear. When people tell me America is the greatest nation on earth, I think about how totally stupid we were back then and have a hard time agreeing.

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Philly B is well aware of the conversation going on in the other forum. I just want to point out that contrary to popular belief I agree the invasion of Iraq was morally objectionable to say the least. There are things that will haunt me for life from it. But what are we doing to prevent it from happening again? The system that allowed it is still in place and with all the protesting noone is doing anything of any significance to change it.

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Hey look Benghazi!

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After the Gulf War, the Republican leadership crowed about how they "learned the lessons of Vietnam", then went about forgetting them as soon as they could. Boggles the mind.

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