4,000 dead

We have now passed the 4,000 mark in the number of dead soldiers in Iraq.  We invaded Iraq a little over 5 years ago.  On May 1st, 2003, President Bush declared “Mission Accomplished.”  Yet we stayed in Iraq and so many American soldiers have died.

To this day, it is hard to find any justification for the invasion.  It has been so hard to justify it, that it is like a moving target.  Al Qaeda is there (no they weren’t), Al Qaeda is working with Saddam (no they weren’t), we need to bring freedom to Iraqis (Dafur??), weapons of mass destruction (ever thought you should let the weapon inspectors finish their job),  and Saddam is a really bad guy (why aren’t we in North Korea?).

Not only was it an unjustified invasion, but it caused us to take our eye of the prize, Osama Bin Laden who went from wanted dead or alive, to I’m just not that into him.

Of course this isn’t the whole story, it doesn’t come close to talking about the instability for Iraqis, the huge numbers dead or displaced.  Unreliable water and electricity, or high unemployment.  Or the attempts to push through oil contracts that are favorable to multinational corporations.

If you really want to support the troops, bring them home and then fund the VA so that they supported to meet their needs, especially TBI and PTSD.

-Josh

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