Jacology: Iraq 10 Years Later

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(KPLR) – In Tuesday’s Jacology, Charles Jaco reflects on the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and what has come from the fighting.

Ten years is nothing. Ten years is a lifetime. Both are true. In some ways, to me at least, ten years ago seems like day before yesterday. But ten years is 85 percent of my daughter's lifetime. In ten years, people in your life have died. People have been born, you've been fired. You've been hired. You've gone to war. You know someone who's gone to war. Ten years is the blink of an eye. Ten years is eternity.

It was ten years ago the United States invaded Iraq. Is a decade long enough to judge the long-term consequences? No. Is ten years long enough for a preliminary judgment about whether or not it was the right thing to do? You bet.  First, let's hop in the way back machine and look at how we got there.

The argument was that Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons. He didn't. The argument was he was working on nuclear weapons. He wasn't. Some people even thought he had something to do with 9-11. He didn't. The United States misinterpreted and in some cases manufactured evidence to the contrary.

Anyone else remember the mood at the time? If you criticized the invasion, you were told to shut up and salute. Talk radio and TV bombarded us with images and misrepresentations, but hardly ever asked the hard question, why are we invading a country that never attacked us?

Saddam Hussein was a murdering tyrant. But the United States spent a trillion dollars invading and occupying Iraq. Four thousand Americans are dead, 36,000 wounded, 75,000 have post traumatic stress disorder. And for what? Ten years is long enough to answer...not much of anything.

I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.

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