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Opinion

March 27, 2013

After war, Iraq an uncertain ally

(Continued)

Was it worth the estimated $3 trillion (and rising every day) cost to the American taxpayer?

We ask ourselves, how could we have let all that happen? Was it the hubris of our leaders, who led us to believe that a war would be no big deal?

In November 2002, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld predicted the conflict would last “five days or five months, but it certainly isn’t going to last longer.”

Two months later, he estimated the price tag: “something under $50 billion for the cost,” he said.

Three days before the invasion, then-Vice President Dick Cheney said, “My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators … I think it will go relatively quickly.”

So much death, so much harm, so much anguish and sorrow for so little gain. Was it worth it?

Of course not.

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