Remember when Paul Wolfowitz said that the Iraq War would pay for itself? He and others in the Bush administration claimed that we would be welcomed as liberators; that it would be financed by oil revenues.
Contrary to those claims, the cost is now more than $800 billion and rising. When you take into account the cost of healthcare for Iraqi veterans, the cost will likely rise to as much as $3 trillion!
And that’s just the cost in dollars and cents.
The human costs are much higher. We know that more than 4,400 US lives were lost. The cost of Iraqi lives is less clear…the most conservative estimate is approximately 198,000 men, women and children!
Moreover, many of our US troops came back from Iraq with serious issues. Of course, they got a pat on the back and a “thank you for your service” from most Americans. But little else. Many have been forced to wait up to two years to receive care. Many are amputees. Many have PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. And many have committed suicide.
But nothing sums up the war better than a letter written by Iraqi veteran Tomas Young to George W. Bush and Richard “The Dick” Cheney. I challenge you to read his letter and still be able to justify this unnecessary war.
Nevertheless, in recent interviews, both “The Dick” and Wolfowitz have said they have no regrets; if they had it to do over again, they’d do the same thing. And Congressional Teapublicans, many of whom were in a hurry to invade Iraq, seem unconcerned that sequestration and their proposed budget cuts will deny help for many more veterans.
There should be a special place in Hell for these people…alongside Saddam Hussein.