Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Was it worth it? (Post #6)

Tonight the president announced the formal end to Iraqi combat operations. While the United States will maintain a presence in that country for training and bureaucratic purposes the war is essentially over in Iraq for America. A recent CBS News poll showed some uncertainty on the part of some americans. The poll asked a small sample of people a variety of questions ranging from "do you support the war" to "do you think the result of the Iraq war was worth the loss of american lives." Was it worth it? Several experts weigh in on this difficult topic and their opinions (see here, opinions) may make a difference in what you think of this national endeavor. With the personal and national sacrifices made and the hundreds of billions spent, what do you think? Was it worth it? Are we more secure today? Whatever your opinion please be respectful of those who made the personal sacrifices necessary for our security.

164 comments:

  1. No I do not think it was worth it because if we didnt win then what was the point in all are men and women going over there and dying.I dont think we are more secure because they could bomb us or something and then we will have to start a war again.I dont think that the president should have called off the war because we just lost billions of dollars by him doing that, if we would of won then it would of been different.So no i dont thnk it was the right thing to do.
    Morgan Zimmerman
    Mr.Sloan

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  2. We have definently come to be a more secure country. I think in a way the war was good because it gave America a reality check with our economic crisis. Over all the war in my opinion was not worth it. I respect the men and women who fought because it was their job but I dont not think there was something significant to fight for such as the American revolution, except for 9/11.

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  3. I don't believe the war should have gone on as long as it has. For the first year, I think it was definitely helpful, to let Iraq know that we are not going to let that fly with us, but I don't personally believe in war. I do definitely support the troops 100% though.

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  4. The price of this war was hefty on the US for many reasons, specifically these few:

    1. Both Bush and Obama failed to push the insurgent forces off their feet, sometimes purposefully allowing them to escape our military's grasp, and therefore never managed to destroy the root of the war. Stupid presidential actions, such as firing successful generals out of spite, happen time and time again and continue to work to put the military in confusion and disarray.

    2. Usage and potential of the troops in the war was greatly tuned down, virtually eliminating any effect that was originally intended for the military to have, and destroying and progress gained thus far. This was done in part due to the new non-torture policies, granting terrorists Miranda Rights, and prohibiting troops from firing at insurgents unless fired upon and able to specifically locate the assailant.

    3. The US media was allowed and encouraged to spread rumors about and mud-sling the US military, greatly decreasing support for actions aimed at defeating the terrorists, and destroying the morale of the soldiers in the Middle East.

    4. Slow responses and idiotic decisions not to choose the best possible action in war by the government have resulted in millions of dollars of wasted equipment, food costs for soldiers ordered to wait, and most of all cost the US the lives of some of the finest and most honorable young men and women of these generations, all at the expense of families and taxpayers.

    When the war first started, it should have been worth it. But now, terrorists are practically pulled into our own country, and given more rights over US citizens. Its embarrassing how low this country's government can and has stooped.

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  5. the war was costly economically, and emotionally with all the soldiers not coming home. i do not think we are safer because of the war, because; although we did maintain our "tough guy" American exterior by jumping into the fray, but 911, the economic cost and the lives the war cost have devastated this country. we've taken major hits and still projected our "bad ass" image, i think our security can only last as long as the memory of our influence. war is never a good thing, but our soldiers jumped to defend this country and its people, however ungrateful they are. their lives were not worth this in my opinion, many are ungrateful of the sacrifices, some ignorant, and some are outright disrespectful, this war was not worth their lives, but those brave men and women of this country gave them anyways.

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  6. Emily Geiszler, Bauer, Period 4August 31, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    I don't believe that the war in Iraq was 100% worth everything that America put into it. That being said, I also believe that it has made us a stronger country. We had to come together and support the troops that were putting their lives on the line for us every single day in the Middle East. The terrorists who attacked our country now know that we are a force to be reckoned with. They wanted to attack our country; we retaliated. The billions of dollars spent and countless lives lost were not worth the fight. Have we really helped to reform those Middle Eastern countries enough to say that it was worth all that we lost in this war? With the taliban still strong and in this world, was the war worth the civialian lives lost? There is no right answer to those questions, but however we feel we will all have to live with that for the rest of our lives.

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  7. Well I dont really think it was worth it because there was a lot of soldiers out there that lost their lives and we didnt even accomplish our mission out there. And on the other hand i think it was okay to leave the war because that would save a lot of money and most important save a lot of our soldiers lives.

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  8. Isabel De la Rosa
    Bauer
    p.2
    Well sincerely I don’t believe all the sacrifices made were worth it since at the end of it all we didn’t get rid of the root of the problem. I think the US has gotten safer but no t because of the war but because of the extra precautions we all take before doing something risky. Even though the war was not worth it at least the soldiers get to come back now instead of later so I guess better late than never .the one good thing of the war is the it showed that the US will not let anyone harm them without defending itself and standing up for what it believes in.

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  9. I've never understood why we went into Iran or Iraq. Al-Quiada is in Afghanistan and that is where, I believe, the terrorists are based. We should be sending our troops to fight the people that caused 911. I don't mind that the troops were pulled from Iraq because now they can be sent into Afghanistan to help find Osama Bin Laden and the rest of the people from Al-Quiada that are trying to hurt all of the other countries.

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  10. I believe that in retrospect, the Iraq war was a mistake. At the time, it seemed necessary and easy, but we all learned that in war, no one wins. One of the reasons the war seems so terrible to so many people is that politicians and the media used it to try and push their own political agendas, in the process dividing our own country and hurting the image of our presidents and our armed forces. The same thing happened in the Vietnam War. The Viet Cong did not beat us; we beat ourselves.

    Caleb Boyd
    Mr. Sloan
    Per. 2

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  11. I think that going to war in Iraq was not necessary because we did not have to be there. Therefore, lives were not worth loosing. A lot of money was spent that we need for our economy that could have went to something else like schools. I do support the war, i just don't like the idea of getting involved in it.

    Haran Piggee

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  12. in my own opinion i think going to Iraq has done nothing but harm us and the people of iraq. how much money did we spend on this war? how many lives were affected? i mean dont get me wrong we did overthrow a ruthless dictator and help set up a new democratic government but the casualties on both sides was not worth it.

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  13. I do not believe the war was pointless to an extent. The cause and reason to go to war makes sense but what doesn't is the excess time and effort they put into it. It was pointless to stay as long as we did and to spend that much money, resources, and lives there.


    Michael Robles
    Mr. Bauer
    Per. 3

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  14. The war wasnt even worth it! There was actually no point! U.S didnt even win the war! All people died in for nothing! Nothing came out of the war. We fighted for nothing! We need to fix our economy and focus here in us whats happening. All the money that was spent on the war went wasted.
    So, I believe everything was a waste of time. To be honest.
    Sania Bacha
    BaueR
    PER. 3!

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  15. Josh Agans, Bauer P. 5September 1, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    I don't think the war was worth the 7 years we've been fighting for. I guess you could say it was the right thing to do at the time it started, but it hasn't gotten us anywhere. Yeah we may have killed more people than Iraq did, but does that mean we won? I don't think so. Look at our economy now! It's going down hill and it doesn't seem like it's going to stop anytime soon. All the US has gained from the war is about 30,000 more wounded men and women, about 4,400 grave sites for US soldiers, and a damaged economy. People may say that we would have been under attack if we didn't go into war, but you can also say our economy wouldn't be so bad if we didn't enter the war. We could have spent all the money on war on helping businesses or schools get through tough times. I am glad to see all of our soldiers come home though and I am very appreciative towards them. As for the war though, i wish it never happened.

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  16. I believe this war was worth fighting for altough i do regret the fact that it has put the men and women fighting for our freedom and our protection of everything we hold dear to us. That is one of the negatvie worse side effects of this war. Honestly i think the war has taught iraq that we will go after them if they try this again. we have in fact gotten more secure the security at all the airports have been drastically improved. I honestly think that we are safe i just wish our families didnt have to be sacrificed for this but it has to be done i am thankful that they are all brave enough to fight for what they believe in.

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  17. The war was sort of necessary in the sense that if the U.S. troops didn't go into Iraq they would probably still be terrorizing America. However I don't think it was all that necessary for that many years although maybe in the future, matters will show us if it was a good decision or not for the U.S.

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  18. Danielle Smith, Sloan P1September 1, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    I think the war in Iraq was definitely worth it. It was a hefty cost, but if we did not retalliate after the attacks, who's to say it wouldn't happen again because we'd have just let it happen? The war brought the country together and now we're more unified...or UNITED. As in United States. It's in our name, we have to maintain it! The personal sacrifices hit home to me because I actually know people fighting to protect our country right now. After this long, and after so many men and women putting their hearts and souls into protecting us, why stop now? Our job isn't done in the Middle East; not by a long shot. Although the war drained billions of dollars, getting attacked and letting it continue to happen would be very costly as well. So I figure, why not stand up for ourselves and fight togther for our country? I don't really think the coountry is secure now, but only because we didn't finish out the fight because of Obama's decision to stop Iraqi combat operations.

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  19. I honestly do not know what to think of this announcement. The problem with me and the Iraq war is that I was, and am still, confused of the purpose of the war. Although I am pleased that many of our troops are able to come home safely, it is hard for me to have an opinion on whether the war was a success or failure when it is not clear to me the beginning intentions of the war. Also, it is hard to say that the war is offically "over" since we still have troops present in the country. It seems that this is Obama's first step to the end of the war but I feel a lot more needs to be done before we can say the war is finished.

    Devin Smith, Mr. Bauer, P.1.

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  20. Emily Staab
    Bauer PER 2

    I think that the war was not worth the cost that we had to pay, emotionally. I agree with Danielle in saying that we had to show that we weren't going to take the attacks lying down and that we weren't going to let it happen again. Did we need to sacrifice thousands of lives in the process? No. Personally I am against the war. We didn't need to stay there as long as we did.

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  21. i think the war in Iraq was not worth the american lifes lost or the money lost. to those who lost a son, husband, daughter, mother ect. the war was not worth tha single life and i agree. the war to me seemed to be after oil as rumors said was bush intention. his family was in the oil business and needed cheaper oil. the point of the war was never accomplishe. there was no weapons of mass destruction found. it seems america just wanted revenge for 911. i agree that sudam should be punished sevely(a cruel punishment) but not to the extent of war. We are more secure to the point of paranoia, but better safe than sorry. this war is in a way sort os like vietnam. there is no winner according to us history, it was a draw but we all know we got our butt's kicked. the war in Iraq in my point accomplishe nothing useful. all it did was lose inocent life, waste money and down turn the economy. i mean look at it now. its in the toilet.
    Brenda Anguiano
    Mr. bauer p4

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  22. i think that war in general is unnecessary. why cant the world be peaceful and get along? there always has to be competition...i understand that competition is the way that the world operates, but i dont think that war is a necessary aspect of our lives. the iraqi war was very destructive in my opinion. we lost not only a significant amount of american soldiers, but also a very large amount of money.
    ~~brooke fletcher :)
    mr.bauer
    period 2

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  23. I do not think that the war in iraq was worth the loss of all the american lives lost and also financially it was not worth it.The whole situation over the oil was not worth everything that America had to give up for so many years.Although i am still confused about the purpose over the war i dont think war is worth anyones life.

    Clarisa Carrillo
    Per.4 Mr.Sloan

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  24. Margarita Flores period 5 Mr.BauerSeptember 1, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    I do not belive that the war was worth it at all. we lost to many things for nothing beacuse truely we are not saver then before. We could of satyed out of it and be peaceful. However, beacuse of that we lost many lives and not just our solidersand along with lots of money that could have been used on something good for our contry, maybe thats why the economic is bad.

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  25. Although it may be too early to tell, i dont think the war in Iraq was worth it, at this point. Knowing people who have served both in Iraq and in other places, i think the risk is just too great. If they escaped death or physical harm, many have come back with phsycological problems. I dont think sacrificing human life of hundreds of thousands of Americans is worth it. I think the war has negatively affected most people, whether or not they support it. I know i was personally affected by it. With that being said, i also dont think the cost was worth it. In my mind, we wasted some money, because of the fact that Iraq STILL doesnt have stable democratic government set up. I think we could have "ended" the war a lot earlier than now, and still have the same effect. I can say, however, that it has improved our national security, specifically when traveling. In the end, i just dont think it was worth the lives of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, especially since Iraq isn't fixed, at least not from my viewpoint.

    Breanne Turner
    Phenix
    Period 1

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  26. I believe that we should have never gone to war in Iraq in the first place. None of the reason the media told us seem to be true of why we truly went to war over there. I am glad most troops are leaving and hopefully they will all be out by the end of next year. We seemed to have extended the war not to fight because it was needed but because we had to be involved and even as troops are going to be coming home we will still be involved and there will still be casualties. . Sloan p.3

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  27. Sarah Richter, Bauer, Period 5September 1, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    I don't think that goin to war in Iraq was worth it. Now many families lost loved ones, or they were injured.War in general is a bad thing, why do we always have to be fighting? We also waisted alot of money to fight in this war. Our country could have ended this war alot sooner and saved some lives and money.

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  28. I believe that we should have never gone to Iraq. The soldiers didn't find any WMD. Lives of American soldiers were also lost in Iraq. Saddam Hussein was overthrown, but the U.S. still have to clean up the mess that was started in Iraq.
    P.S. Sloan, I don't have a post script for this blog.

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  29. Maria Schmidt, Mr. Bauer, Period 5September 1, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Personally, I am against war. I understand that we need to stand up for ourselves and that in some peoples' eyes in order to protect our country, war may be necessary. However,I don't believe that violence is the answer. So many lives were lost on both sides and the result of this war seems ambiguous. Even though Obama has said the war is over, I don't believe it is truly over. It's not a light-switch that you can turn on and off. I guess we are a little bit safer because the war wasn't fought on U.S. soil. So even though we may be more secure, I don't believe the war over all was worth it. We have a suffering economy and thousands of lives were lost.

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  30. I really don't know how to answer this question. Yes, it was worth it in the sense that our country has become a more secure nation. At the same time, I also feel that it wasn't worth it due the billions of spending and loss of lives. We didn't exactly win.

    Guadalupe Velasquez
    Sloan, Period 1

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  31. Erik martin, Bauer, period 5September 1, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    I belive it was worth it becsue of the certain things that were accomplished. Thougn i think we went to the wrong country to fight it was still worth it and speaking to my cousin who went to fight said he would go back again if he was able to.

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  32. Ashli Roberts
    Bauer 2nd period

    i strongly disagree with the war that we've been apart of for 7 years. ya it seemed good at the time when the twin towers went down but did we seriously have to keep it going this long!?? i do believe that once we stop going over there that they will try to attack us again but i still wish that this didnt go on for as long as it has. Sooooo many lives were lost and it was definately not needed. I'm anti war and anti military so i have stronger opinions about all this but my biggest one is why go into something that your not sure you'll make it out alive? i mean im grateful that their fighting for our country but i was only grateful for the first few years and now that its gone for so long i believe its a waste of time, money, and a death wish. We are in a horrible economy right now and i also think that a lot of our money that we've been feeding the military is a strong outcome for it. In my opinion its like we are giving them money to kill when we should be using that money to survive ourselves.

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  33. My opinion on war period is " A war is won before it ever starts". That's the smartest thing to do sometimes, other times it is necessary to go to war but war is only meant for good reasons and good intentions.

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  34. I dont believe that the war was completely worth it. It was okay for the first year or so but it dragged on for too long. We made so many sacrafices that could have been avoided if the war didnt continue on.

    Chelsea Ray
    Mr.Sloan p1

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  35. Cristian G. /Bauer period 3September 1, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    I think that the questions can go both ways. Each side has there own point as in on side thinks that the war was worth it or the war was a complete waist of time. I am in between but i still feel that no one wins in a war each side lost many people. the U.S. may of helped Iraq but at or own cost we lost many people and there was a reason to fight but I think the U.S. picked the wrong reason for war.

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  36. I believe that all those years of war wasn't worth it. Because it was a waste of money that only brought an immense crises to our society. It would have been worth it, if we had won and if the war didn't have to last this long. But it was right of us to go into war in the first place because if nothing was done then we problaby be in a much more severe situation

    Karen Villasenor
    Mr.Bauer
    Per2

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  37. well, I dont want to sound uninformed, but why were we there in the first place? I can't support a war that I'm uncertain about. I know that we beat the Iraqies (sp?) in 5 to 6 wekks...so why were we there for so long? I'm glad that combat troops are no longer there, thats for sure..but why are we leaving how much is it? 50,000 troops there? We beat them, lets get our troops home!

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  38. I believe that it is worth it, all we have done on this war is waste money, kill innocent people, and by us being there all we have done is create more problems. Some would say that if we pull out that they will attack us, no, i highly doubt that what is stopping them from doing that now? nothing. They will most likely be happy that we are leaving, it was none of our business to go their in the first place.

    Trista Dowdy
    sloan period 5

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  39. In a way the war was worth it, but we didn't have to exhaust a lot of resources to maintain the mission well after the war was over.
    Fran
    Bauer

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  40. going to war in iraq is really hard to say if it is worth it or not, because it would have been alot easier than what it is. its all about politics. we could have got the poiint through in a way much easier.
    kimberlie hernandez
    sloan
    period 4

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  41. The Iraq war was not worth the trouble and lives of the americans. The purpose of this war was to look for weapons of mass destruction, and after all the years of combat no weapons of mass destruction were found. There were to many innocent lives lost in this war. This war was a sign of the weakness and fear that drives people to make irrational dicisions in these types of matters.

    I also believe that the safety felt in the U.S.A. hasn't gotten better since the war. Money has been spent in airports to make sure that what happened in 9/11 does not happen again, and yet there have been people that have been able to get pass through the security with objects they shouldn't have. I just hope that now that the war is over the goverment will focus on the issues of security and the well being of the people who live here.

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  42. I think that everything happends for a reason. We may have lost a lot og money and lives,but im sure we had to learn something from it. Also we were in war in Iraq to secure and protect our country. We had no choice, but to go to war because we caan't be seen as a weak country.
    Jonathan Ramos
    Mr. Bauer
    Per.2

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  43. Cierra Gonsalves, Mr. Bauer, Period 2September 1, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    To be honest, I never really knew anything about the war in the first place. I know about 9/11 and all of the lives lost and the damage done, but I was like 8 and couldn't comprehend. I'm ashamed to admit that if someone asked me to point out Iraq/Afganistan on a map, I wouldn't be able to do it. However, troops were sent out for a reason, either to protect our country from future terrorist attacks, or just because it was the only thing that came to mind in terms of defense and the revenge of the American people. Whatever may be the case, people risked their lives to keep us safe and to have them come home will put a lot of families at ease. People made a choice to go out and fight, they wanted to prove that they could be a hero to someone and protect the country, weather they lived or died, their good deeds will not go unnoticed.

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  44. I think the war in Iraq was worth it. A lot of people are ignorant and do not realize how much we have helped that country out. It is going through a rough phase now but will eventually stabalize and we will have an ally in the Middle East against countries such as Iran. War always has cost and many brave and honorable lives were lost. God bless them. People need to understand though that war means having casualities. The moment troops started dying people began popping off like they didn't think there would be tragic deaths. Anyways I believe in the long term, the war will be worth it and history will look more kindly upon it. We have inplemented a demcratic government and destroyed a vile dictatorship which should have been whiped out in the Gulf War. Women will now not be getting shot in coutryards like what occurs in Iran and people will eventually feel more secure. It is up to them to contiue fighting Al Quaeda and put these scum 6 feet under. I just hope Obama doesn't get credit for Bush's war. This would be appaling for Obama did nothing.

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  45. I don't really think it was worth having the troops for such a long time over in Iraq. There was a huge loss of lives and waste of money that was unnecessary and mainly due to the oil issue. This did not need to happen. With stricter laws in airports and other traveling means, I would hope that we are more secure now than prior to the war, but who is to know?

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  46. i think the war was worth it in some ways and not in others. we did lose money and innocent people died but that happens in every war were in. i think that going into iraq to begin with, with giving them notice, was dumb because we basically gave them time to hide whatever they needed to. so it wasnt a good thought at the time. but i do respect the soldiers for going in and doing there best.
    Kayla O'Hara
    sloan p.5

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  47. We had the troops in iraq for a long time and some innocent lives were lost,there was billions spent on the war.I dont think it was worth it.Well we are more secure now,then before.

    -hinojosa,tania
    p.5 sloan

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  48. I do not support wars in general, but I feel that we citizens can't do much about it because if it happens then it happens. It was not worth the loss of American lives because I don't see much progress. On the contrary, I don't pay much attention to world-wide events such as the Iraq war. There is progress, but personally, it seems very little by the way things still are today. No country and no one will ever be secure. There will never be peace.

    Chrissy Vue
    Sloan
    AP Economics
    Period 3

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  49. I don't think the war should have lasted as long as it did, i believe that in some ways it was not worth it in the matter that we lost so much money and so many innocent lives. And i also believe that it wasn't worth it. Although i do respect all the soldiers who fought in the war. Who knows if we are more secure than we were before?

    Melissa Quezada
    Mr. Bauer
    P.2

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  50. Kayla Rodriguez Sloan Period 5September 1, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    I believe that the war gave our country a reality check. We are more secure now than ever. Airlines are way more secure by having strict rules on what can be carried onto the plane and what cant be. I personally dont think that the war was necessary but i do have tonsssss of respect for those women and men who put their own lives in danger for the safety of our country as a whole.

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  51. i do not believe there was a true reason for us to go to war with Iraq, i mean there was no reason for us to go meddle in their business. they dont meddle in ours so why should we get into theirs?
    not to make anyone mad or anything, but i do fully support the troops no matter what my point of view is about the wars and armed forces. i have friends that are in the navy military and signed up to go in to the army, so i know what it's like to have the feeling that you may lose someone, whether it be a close friend, relative such as; a dad, mom, brother or sister, or just a family friend. so i fully support all branches of the armed forces.
    although, i do not believe we should be going to war with just who ever we think is a good idea. eventhough we have our reasons, sometimes our reasons are not as strong as we think. this war lasted us 5 years, 5 years that many soldiers, men or women, could have spent with their family. to me, i have thought about the reasons why we entered the war and how the people have been effected by it. i believe that even though we want to showeveryone how big and tough we are, sometimes we are better off just keeping our mouths shut and stay out of everyones way. as for the people who have been effected by this war, i believe most of us have to take a step back and really think: do we really want to go through this again? and can we handle to lose this many citizens? or what right do we have being here?, because truth be told they dont need us there; they were doing just fine before we came along so why do they need our help right now?
    for me, it was not worth the people or money we have and probably still will lose from this war. it is not right that just because one person or a group of people want to go there and fight for something that is not rightfully theirs that we are sacrificing our people whenit should be them going.

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  52. Brian Magina, Sloan P.3September 2, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    To be honest I did not know why we went to war in the first place. But as far as it being worth it I would say yes and no. Yes because like many of my fellow classmates have said it was somewhat of a reality check to our country as far as coming together as one; but it was not worth it because many of our soldiers died and we lost millions of dollars due to the cost of the war.

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  53. Yes. It was worth it. So we can sleep at peace at night, so that we don't have to ever worry about this happening again. It was all worth it because they know now what they should have known before, you shouldn't lay a finger on these stars and stripes.

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  54. Yes. It was worth it. So we can sleep at peace at night, so that we don't have to ever worry about this happening again. It was all worth it because they know now what they should have known before, you shouldn't lay a finger on these stars and stripes.

    Mr. Bauer
    Period 2

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  55. I think the Iraq war was not worth all the lives that were lost. I still don't know why America was involved with the war for so long. Did we even accomplish our goal in the war?
    Erica Ayala
    Mr. Bauer
    Per.4

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  56. I think there are two different ways to decide if it was worth it or not. Not being in the war, many Americans just hear the deaths and the negativity. This leads them to believe the war isn't worth it. But no one really considers the positives like the fact that we are now more a secure country by showing we can fight immediatley and hold our own ground. In a way no, it wasn't worth all the deaths. But isn't death part of the circle of life and doesn't everyone have their time to die? Who is to say that wasnt their time

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  57. I think going to war with Iraq was worth it. We needed to stop the terrorists from attacking our country again. If we just let them attack us and we didn't fight back there would just be more attacks on America. Kayla Sweet Sloan per 1

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  58. I feel that the war was definitely a waste of money, lives, and time. We gained nothing from this because we already knew we were more powerful and in the end we suffered many unnecessary deaths of soldiers. We had no reason to stay in the war for 7 years fighting Bush's war. It accomplished nothing and was for nothing.

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  59. In all honesty i really do ont know why the war started in the first place. All i knew was that hundreds of soldiers were being brought to fight for our country in iraq. I dont think it was worth it because we lost so many loved ones. I give thoses soldiers who faught and are still standing today respect for all they have done, they arent to blame. Sure in the moment the war probably seemed necesary but almost a decade now really? like erica stated did we even accomplish our goal? what was the goal in the first place?

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  60. MIRIAM BEJINES P.5 MR.SLOANSeptember 2, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    i dont think it was worth it because the past years soldiers have been fighting and some had died so that it can just end up like this if the president was going to make this agreement of no more fighting he should it done it long time ago before wasting alot of money and innocent lives.

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  61. I believe that the Iraqi war was a good cause that we did. In ways I believe it isn't worth it, for one the innocent lives split. Second the millions of dollars spent on the war was kinda a waste. But if it is to protect America or innocent lives then I believe it is worth it. Protecting others is a kind act, dying for your fellow man is the greatest love anyone can do.

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  62. CLAUDIA PANTOJA P.5 MR.SLOANSeptember 2, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Honestly i think this war was a waste of time and money because if it was going to end up like this what was the point of fighting.Many soldiers had died in the past years and i think the president has the responsability for this consequences and i think is not fair to end it after many died.

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  63. Though I know most would say they were in agreement with the war, i personally am not. I have been raised to be anit-killing under most cercumstances. I am aware that many would have died if the U.S. had not invaded; however, I have done research about how many Iraqi citizens have been killed due to the Americans pressence, most websites i have studied have stated that rought 100 thousand civillians have been died from this war. Though they are not OUR people, they did not deserve to have their lives ended.

    Korine Bobrow
    Mr. Sloan
    Gov.
    Period 4

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  64. Honestly i don't think the war does anything for us. Soldiers are out there risking their lives for what? our freedom? how is killing other innocent people securing our future? War isn't worth the problems it causes, it's a waist of time, money & innocent lives. I do believe though that joining the Army, Navy, Marines etc does shape people and put them on the right path for their future. I guess in some way war is the only protection we have. If you really think about it we have people who risk their lives to be on a 24/7 watch on the US in case of any attacks from enemy's. Going back to the war in Iraq: i don't believe that war was worth it at all. We lost more than we gained. War is not the answer to our future safety. War isn't worth any of it.

    Ashley Hall
    Period 5
    Sloan

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  66. I think in the beginning, the war had a good purpose; to help take a dictator out of power. However, i believe the war shouldn't have gone on this long, and i don't think the war came be over as quickly as a speech (Maria said it nicely with a light switch). Bauer/Sloan

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  67. Alyssa Cuevas
    The war was overall a waste of time and money, when lives are lost it is initially not worth it, no life is worth a fight

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  68. The short answer: NO. It was definitely not worth it. The main reason being that the war in Iraq was a poor attempt to link it to Osama Bin Laden. Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction, and the fact that the U.S. supported Saddam Hussein in the 80's when Iraq was going against the Soviets and Iran kinda makes America appear overly hypocritical. All that time and money could have been spent doing something far more productive, so it's about time the war ended.

    -Brian S.
    Per.4

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  69. I don't believe that it was worth it because we never should have attacked Iraq in the first place. They never had any weapons of mass destruction, and yes Saddam may have been a dictator, but he bad been there for a long time and we never complained. This was just a waste of time, and it was definetly not worth the all of the lives that were lost.
    Bauer per. 1
    Sloan per. 3

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  70. I dont really know alot on this topic,but i do think it was worth having the soldies in iraq. I think it was worth it because the U.S helped the people in Iraq by helping them restore their goverment.
    Monica Salazar
    Mr. Sloan

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  71. I think the war was worth it in a way because it got rid of a tyrant. I think that we were right to fight for what happened during 9/11. Overall I don't think it was worth all the money and the lives lost due to the war. I don't think that we are more secure now than we were then. We are more conscientious about things but I don't think we are more secure.

    Jasmine Holt
    Sloan p.2

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  72. I do wish that the war in iraq didn't go this long but then again we did what we had to do. The Iraqis knocked down the twin tours and America wasn't going to just sit back and let it happen again. I don't think that it made America more secure because if it did then we would have probably got out of the war sooner. I feel that we shouldnt stop the war because that would give the Iraqis another chance to bomb us or something and the war would just start again.
    Tori Milligan
    Sloan per.3

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  73. Faye Roberson, Bauer , Period 5September 2, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    I honestly dont knwo to much about the war, but i dont think there was much of importance to the war because we lost plenty of lives out there. Though people went in there knowing ther was a chance of death but still not worth it. There may be a little bit of security gained because they were makeing more threats and im asuming that wont happen from them again definately after this war but you never know.

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  74. FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO APPRECIATE ALL THE SOLDIERS AND THE PEOPLE THAT LOST THEIR LIVES FOR OUR SAFETY. THEY ARE VERY COURAGEOUS AND BRAVE. PERSONALLY I AM AGAINST WAR. MAKE LOVE NOT WAR!!!!!!! I THINK THAT WAR MAKES SITUATIONS TENSE AND WORSE.THEY DO NOT SOLVE PROBLEMS. THE ECONOMY IS THE WAY IT IS BECAUSE OF THE WAR AND I FEEL LIKE IT IS NOT WORTH IT. BUDGET CUTS ARE THE RESULTS AND I THINK THAT WAR SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED.
    DIANA REYES

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  75. Maria Perez
    Sloan
    Per 4

    I believe that the war was not worth it at all because our counrty stayed the same, it didn't become more secure than what we were before. While the war mostly affected the United States in a negative way, the soldiers that were at war helped people from Iraq, but even then families from both the U.S. and Iraq were separated and many lives lost from innocent people that lived there in Iraq or of those soldiers that gave everything for their country including their lives. The war just brought sorrow and sadness. Even though soldiers decided to defend their nation it didn't make a great difference because our nation gets bad things from other places for example 9/11 when the twin towers were destroyed and thousands of people were killed. I think that being in war or not does not determine our safety, and war was not worth it at all.

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  76. Katie Frogue, Sloan P1September 2, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    I believe that the war wasn't worth it, because of the fact that we haven't made any improvement, and how much sorrow the war has brought into the family's lives who have friends and family members who are in the war, that have been there for years and not came home. Although, it may secure our safety, it isnt worth the time, lives, and money thats been put in towards it.

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  77. In the event of the Iraq war, it seems as though the tragedies outweigh the potential benefits. Countless American soldiers and innocent people have lost their lives. Not to mention the war put the country into an extreme deficit. However, a devastating dictatorship has been overthrown, and Iraq will become more secure. America protected itself. To say the war was beneficial cannot be stated quite yet. That will be determined in the future.
    Gabriella Cello
    Mr.Sloan
    P.3

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  78. Asher Maroot- SloanSeptember 2, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    If there were not any casualties, then it would not have been a real war. That is just part of war. The US did the right thing by joining the war. The US obviously fought for the freedom of others because that is a main job of the military. Hopefully now the the US has left, the countries will not destroy each other without someone to stop them.

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  79. Oh please...we aren't secure. Thereis no such thing as security in a world where anyone can bomb anyone else w/o warning. As long as hate rules or lives there is no safety. It's a game of who can kill the other one first. If anything, the war made our enemy more agitated and motivated to create more powerful weapons. They will want their vengeance on us for getting our vengeance on them. its a cruel circle.
    Sloan per. 5

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  80. I think the war was not worth fighting for. We spent years, money, and lives for a result that most people can't comprehend. I do believe it had its perks (For Iraq's government) but it was really something WE didn't benefit for.
    Let's go to war for a reason next time. Like Zombie invasion. (That was a joke)
    But seriously.

    Daniel Ruiz
    Sloan
    Government
    Per. 5

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  81. i disagree absolutely with everything that everybody has said. just kidding. everybody has pretty much said everything that i'm thinking.
    the cost of human lives is terrible, but it was a tremendous thing that our troops did for those struggling countries. we the american people have sacrificed much in the way of money and soldier's lives for the welfare of iraq and other countries. i like the guy who said" war is hell, and the worse you make it, the shorter it lasts."
    i have respect for every branch of our military, as well as their families.

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  82. i dont this the war was worth it, i think its the stupidest thing the U.S has done in these modern days. americans dying wasnt worth it at, what was the war about anyways? searching for big weapons that someone said the Iraqi had? which they said they didnt have any 5 years ago. they coulda just sent special ops to investigate them or something. not waisting americans lives like they were toys. duh.

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  83. Perceiving this conflict to be unjustified is absolutely disrespectful towards our troops, who have fought so valiantly to secure our freedoms at home against Islamic fundamentalists. Bush and Obama are both equally incompetent and have both been unable to lead this country during wartime. How are we supposed to win a war when our soldiers are being prosecuted for doing their jobs? How can we win a war when terrorists are given Miranda rights?

    Furthermore, Obama once again is deceiving the American populous. The Iraq war is NOT over. If their government fails, it'll be a victory for Iran and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    We need leadership in the executive office. Obama is clueless on how to execute effective military operations, and as a result, our soldiers are dying.

    God Bless Our Troops. God Bless America.
    (Sloan P.3/Bauer P.4)

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  84. I think the war was definitely worth it now that we've gained an ally in the Middle East and destroyed a horrible dictator. However, I do believe there are some things about the war that could have been handled much better and more efficiently. Let's not fire generals out of spite and try to make quicker decisions next time, 'cause there will undoubtedly be a next time.

    Sloan
    p. 2

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  85. It was most definitely not worth it! We lost many people in something that was pointless. It should've been resolved through violentless words not through our people.
    Sloan Period 1

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  86. To an extent, the war has helped a little with the security of our country, but I don't beleive that the amount of lost money, or lives was necessary. The idea of going to war with Iraq may have seemed fine and dandy in the beginning, but now we all know that in reality, nobody really wins. Many families are bearing the loss of loved ones, and our country is out alot of money that could've went towards improving our school systems and neighborhoods.

    Danielle Barros
    Sloan p.4

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  87. in my opinion the war was never worth it, thousands of soldiers dead or injured,a trillion dollars down the drain. And all of this to try to stop something that will never end, terrorism. The economy of the united states could have been in a better state, but on the other hand international transportation has gotten a lot safer and new technology to help keep our country safer has been created.
    Ruben Rodriguez
    Mr. Bauer Per.3

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  88. Do you enjoy the safety of the United States? I sure do. I love knowing that i can go to bed at night and chances are HEAVILY stacked against waking up and finding that thousands of my innocent brother and sister citizens have died as a result of radical Muslim's anger at our so-called fidelity. In that, the war in Iraq was and is a complete success. Our military has done us proud once more; they knocked out and disabled the radical Muslims who would love to march into your household,(or any household for that matter), hold a gun to your head, and shoot you. Thank you American military for going to the Middle east and keeping me and my beloved country safe.
    Personally, i dont think we have done enough in Iraq. Neither does the current administration, obviously, since there are still 50,000 armed troops in Iraq who, if attacked, will return the favor without hesitation.
    I do think that it has dragged on far longer than was needed, therefore wasting money. This, in my opinion, is due to stupid politicians who think that these muslims have the capacity to negotiate peace, when the fact is all they understand (and deserve for that matter) is a M1903-A4 bullet through the head. Ofcourse, this is all personal opinion. I dont know why our leaders bother bowing to foriegn dignitaries (as Obama did to the Saudi king, of all people, in April of 09. read this if you dont believe me. http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=93696) when they are as powerful or more powerful than those they bow to. It is humiliating and, in that culture, a sign of submission and weakness. The man obama bowed to has probably turned a blind eye to any radical terrorist training camps in his own nation.
    Basically, i believe the troops absolutely belonged in Iraq killing those who want with every fiber of their being to end as many American lives as possible. Besides, we did those radicals a favor killing them. After all, they believe that they will go to an afterlife where they believe they recieve 72 virgins for dieing for their god. The following is a passage proclaiming that muslims should strike down an unbeliever:

    “Slay the idolators [non-Muslims] wherever ye find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the last Day…. Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! (Sura 9:5,29,41).

    This is what the radicals in the Middle East have been acting on. It is their religion that drives them to kill American lives. They believe Allah (their god) has blessed them and their nation for doing so. Doesnt look like that has worked for them too well... seems like America's Christian God, in my opinion the one true God, has blessed America though, considering we have thus far destroyed all muslims in our path (that is, when politicians allow us to).
    Soldiers, keep on soldiering. God Bless America!

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  89. In my opinion, this war was kinda necessary in the beginning, but as time went on the, cost of this war in the long run was not necessarily the best of outcomes. The over spending of money that went into military advances, & especially the huge bundle of lives lost, whose brave acts will indeed not go unoticed. However the improvement and progression that we have had so far has been said to be beneficiary towards the safety of our people & the Iraqi territory. There was a sense of security gained throughout this whole process. knowing that we went in their with a specific goal, & wasn't going to leave until that goal was met. However, whose to say that we won't be harmed again in the future. On the other hand, no one knows what the future holds, all we can
    do is look forward to our progression as a country & hope for the best.

    Marcus Ellis
    Sloan p/2
    AP Econ

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  90. I believe it was not worth it. America has its own political and economic problems to deal with and just being in Iraq worsened our economy. We gained more security and became more aware that we can be attacked, but other than than that, there was no business being in Iraq after sadaam was executed

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  91. In my opinion, the war in Iraq was not necessary. Extending our hand out to other countries to spread democracy and hand out money is not what we should be doing as a country. I don't believe that helping others is a bad thing, however this was too much. Now that we are done with Iraq, we need to end the wars in Afghanistan and Bosnia.

    Chris Woodard, Period 3, Bauer

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  92. I agree with gabe. Our economy was worse when we were in the war and now i think that the economy should get better due to the fact we have only one war to focus on. The war in iraq to focus off of our own country and that just made things worse. The war in iraq was pointless.
    blake harrison
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  93. i believe that the beginning of the war was worth it. the fact that we turned it from a dictatorship was a good thing.the fact that we stayed there for so long was something i didnt like. if they would have set back our soldiers sooner it would have saved many of our american lives. it would have saved us alot of money and that money could have helped us now.
    erika oropeza
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  94. Morgan Woods------>BauerSeptember 2, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    The war was a waste of our money. the amount of money spent on this war that didn't have any clear goals,
    The Huntington Post wrote an article that said
    "$1 trillion could pave the entire U.S. interstate highway system with gold _ 23.5-karat gold leaf. It could buy every person on the planet an iPod. It could give every high school student in the United States a free college education. It could pay off every American's credit card. It could buy a Buick for every senior citizen still driving in the United States.America could double the 663,000 cops on the beat for 32 years. It could buy 16.6 million Habitat for Humanity houses, enough for 43 million Americans."


    That is ridiculous. we could have taken that money and reduced our deficit, we could have even made a huge stride towards ending world hunger.

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  95. Alejandro Ibarra (Mr. Sloan, P.1)September 2, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    To say the truth i really dont know anything about the war. All i heard about it on t.v. once was that it was for the oil in iraq or something like that. If it really was for that i believe that the war was not worth it because to many lives were lost. Even though i believe this i respect and thanks all those who went and stood up for their country.

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  96. After the 9/11 attacks, going to war with Iraq seemed necessary to many Americans. Most of us didn't even know the real reason why we went to war at the time either. We assumed there were wmds in Iraq and we've found none. Years later, I don't think it was worth all of the deaths, time, and the money we had spent.

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  97. Lourdes Godinez
    Mr. Bauer
    Econ Period 2

    I do not think that the war was worth it. So many innocent lives of American soldiers, as well as victims were lost. I think that nothing is every worth losing life over. Also, so much money that was spent towards war supplies could have been used for more importnat things such as cancer research. Using that money to try to save lives instead of take lives away is a much better idea. Although I believe that the war was not worth it, I support the troops for fighting for us and the country we live in.

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  98. I do not think the war was worth it. The war was very expensive. Many people died including soldiers and innocent civilians. I do not feel we are more secure because of the war; the war had nothing to do with how the U.S. handled domestic security. The reasons for the war are still unclear to me, was it to fight terrorism or to take a dictator out of power? If it was to stop terrorism, i really do not see how such a large war could be effective agaist terrorists who operate in secret. If the war was to take out a dictator, why does the U.S. have to get involved in other nations' affairs; and why this particular dictator when there are other villans who also commit crimes against humanity?

    Omar Hoyos

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  99. At the beginning of the war the government believed the task in Iraq would be accomplished easily, but we quickly found out that would not the case. So I don't believe that all the fighting was worth it. The only positive of it all i believe is Iraqi citizens now have a better form of government to look at.

    - Ivan Cardenas
    Mr. Sloan per. 3

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  100. I don't think it was worth it to go to war in Iraq. This war has consumed much of our contries recources and we do not even have the resources to fund it. It also cost many good american soldiers their lives, and it does not seem like we accomplished all that much in Iraq. Sure we defeated some of the more powerful terrorists, but there is still a large force of terrorism in Iraq. This is why it was not worth it to go to war in Iraq.

    Zach Mietz

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  101. I think that the war was necessary. if we had not gone to the was then other terrorist groups from other countries would know that we would be an easy target to attack with no consequences to them selves. Also i know that we are in debt becase of the war and that many lives were lost. and i completely respect those who have fought! however, the atempt to stop terrorism was worth it. and i believe that iraq will eventually bebefit from us getting involved.

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  102. Gerardo Salcido
    Mr. Bauer
    Period 5

    I think that the war in Iraq was not worth it because we have a lot of problems in our own nation that need attention and the war was a big distraction. Too much money was also spent in war that could have been spent on more important things for our country. The war was also too long, it almost lasted a decade. Also too many lives were lost, and that makes the war not worth it at all.

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  103. Well in my personal opinion, i think no war is worth fighting for. All it does is make our country waste money on unecessary things, yea we might be a more secure country but what is the reason why we even started this war. All wars have many negative effects like wasting money, losing loved ones, and a waste of time. No war is worth fighting for.

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  104. I don't really know why we went to war or if we were successful at all, but from what I heard as a possible truth that the war started we had no real reason to send troops there and to waist money. We lost a lot of lives and killed many for no real cause and the country could have used that money to better our own country.

    Melody Morphis
    Mr. Sloan
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  105. Dominique Jimenez Sloan 5th.September 2, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Economically wise the Iran war devastated America. The money should of been spent on something else more important.

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  106. Haley Neal Bauer Per 1September 2, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    I personally am not well educated about all the details of the war. However, based on what I know, it seems like it was costly. The government didn't seem to have a set plan when they started fighting. I think the war wasn't worth the lives of the troops. We might've eliminated some of the terrorist groups, but in reality there will always be some opposition. So in the long run, not enough got done to make the price we paid worth it.

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  107. Bauer 4th
    I think the war was worth it in the beggining but as the years went on, my opinion has changed. i belive after 9/11 america was gun ho to go server and fight back for our country. when evidence came out that no further progress has been done, we were askign ourselfs where all this money is going. i think that we shouldent have spent so much of our money on a war the shouldent last so long. the money should go towrds helping school and helping kids get a better education.

    Jacob Farrar

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  108. I don't think that the war can be classified as "worth it" or "not worth it". I think that it's important to look at everything about the war individually and decide whether or not certain aspects about it were worth it. There are too many ups and downs about the war to give it a good or bad title overall.
    Sloan Per. 3
    Bauer Per. 4

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  109. Sergio Maldonado, Mr.Sloan p.3/ Mr.Bauer p.4September 2, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    The war was not worth it because what could have been a shorter war, turned into a longer war. Every extra year spent was more money and more lives wasted in this war. Yes, you have to be grateful that soldiers rose up and defended the U.S., but wouldn't less casualties have been better than the casualties now if the war had been efficient? Also since the terrorists are being treated like U.S. citizens, you could compare the soldiers in the war to police officers, in the way that the soldiers now have less autority against terrorists that can easily kill these soldiers.

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  110. I think the war wasn't worth it. I think the country is somewhat more safer but it is sad that 9/11 had to happen for stricter laws to be made. To me, virtually nothing was won during the time spent in Iraq. In return for nothing, lives were lost and money was flushed down the drain.

    Jose Alvarez-Sloan period 4

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  111. I think it was a big mistake the United States can no longer play world police we lack the economic strength and support back home that we once had. We are less secure because of the war it only solidified opposition to America throughout the Arabic Peninsula and has given new life to Islamic extremism domestic and abroad.

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  112. Janeiry Balderas, Mr. Sloan, Period 4September 2, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    I believe that whatever the government was doing with the war affects us but personally i believe this problem it to controversial to really give my opinion on whether it was all worth it. One thing that i can say is that i respect the people that suffered and lost their lives in the war and their families. The soldiers gave a lot and maybe it wasn't worth losing them, but the money that went into the war was a ridiculous amount that who knows what exactly happened. Even though we were told it went to the weapons, soldiers, and etc. But really the war is declared over but that's still to see.

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  114. I think that most of the war was a waste of our time. We may have gone to war in the first place for what seemed like good reasons but with so many new issues always popping up it became hard to keep track of our original and long-term purpose. Even with our own economy struggling we feel it is necessary to spend our resources funding another country. The Middle East may need help in establishing a stable government and whatnot but that doesn't mean we can neglect our own needs. I'm all for helping others but sometimes we do need to look at our self-interests first and foremost. Bauer/Sloan

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  116. In many ways I believe the Iraq war was worth it and not worth it. Many American lives were lost that did not need to be lost. The beginning of the war can be justified because we had to defend our country because of the attacks made towards it. But I do not believe we should've stayed as long as we did risking more American lives to help a country that did not want our help. honestly, I do not know how I feel about how the war has effected our national security but in my personal situation I feel extremy safe in my country because of the soldiers that do everything to protect it, as well as protect us.

    Hayley Swearingen
    Sloan
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  117. Mallory Lemieux Sloan Pd. 4September 2, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    I beleive that the war was worth it. No soldier ever wants to come back and hear that there efforts over there were a waist of time. i think that we helped iraq set up a democratic form of government instead of there terrible dictatorships. im proud of are soldiers and respet there efforts in iraq. they give this nation are freedom and to them that will always be worth it i think.

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  118. Although war is never a good answer, the United States completed its job of freeing a totalitarianism country;and maybe saved the world in the long run. Just because the U.S did not gain land, does not mean we did not win this war.

    -Victoria Turney
    Bauer 1st

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  119. I don't feel that it was worth the lives of the soldiers on both sides, or the civilians that were effected. Perhaps in the long run we have helped this country, but currently we are both doing poorly as an effect of this war, and have crated distaste for America in many other countries throughout the world.

    Sasha Schotzko-Harris
    Bauer 1st

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  120. People of this country had their own reason for going into this war. They knew, as a basis agreement, that their country needed help. That they knew how to do SOMETHING, in SOMEWAY, to do what they felt was right for their country. Truly it is not in our own decisions on whether it was right. Sure there was a lot of money used, sure families went without loved one, but so many miss the basic fact. A true soldier is a person who believes that whether or not a decision to fight is wrong, it is in their power to do understand that fighting for what they believe in is most important. So many people look at this topic like "OMG no our oil supplies, ugh too many high prices for gas" or whatever it is, and you know what. OUR soldiers were the ones to go over there. OUR soldiers were the ones to fight for us. So OUR soldiers should feel whether or not this war was worth it. And if our proud and noble soldiers believe it true to save our country by fighting over seas, then yes, i too believe that it was worth it. They lived for their country, they fought for their country, and unfortunately many died for their country. But it is for THEIR country, and for THEIR families that they did if for. And they all knew it.
    Joeliane M. Mr. Sloan P.5

    P.S Be Proud.

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  121. Honestly, I dont think the war in iraq solved any issues or anything at all. Many soldiers basically fought for nothing if you really think about it.

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  122. Do I believe that this war was worth it? Of course not. We lost too many compared to what was actually accomplished. We also wasted a lot of money that could have been used for more important things. Although some people may say that we are a more secure country because of this war, I say that they may be right, but it still wasn't worth it.
    Sloan
    Period 5

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  123. Jacqueline OlympiusSeptember 3, 2010 at 6:55 AM

    In my perspective, and maybe I just haven't followed the war closely enough, but it has not been run by me what significant issue we were fighting for or against. It wasn't like past wars where EVERYONE has known that it was for freedom or some other thing. Although, even though I am unaware of the actual topic of the fighting, I am well familiarized with the numbers of men that we have lost there. Putting two and two together, I don't think the war was worth it as we lost so many lives for something that didn't bear a high level of significance.

    --Sloan
    AP Econ, Period 3

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  124. UM Ryan thinks that it wasnt worth it all we did was go n kill one leader not like he was hard to find.The other guy thats hiding in a dirt hole we cant find and he is still hiding in a rat hole so we really didnt do much but kill americans instead of letting the terriist kill there people making the people there take care of them. RYAN think if we want to make it worth it we should just hit them with a nuke.

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  125. karina ramos mr sloan per.1
    okay,well to start i am higly against all wars in general! i was living for 2 years wondering if ill ever get news from my brother again. watching news, seeing soldiers missing and getting their lives taken away is a punch to the gut. but thank God that one day we found him face to face with us in our front yard. he became one proud/brave veteran.i give a big round of a plause to President Obama for saying that the war our with iraq is over. they will send troops that havent seen their loved ones in a long time back home. i see that some will stay to practice their war tactics in iraq.
    if the war is over let it be over all soldiers shall come back home all! im pretty sure iraq has had enough of us. i personally think the soldiers in iraq did a great job trying to clear up the situation in iraq. no i dont think that the lives lost in iraq were worth it but there is a reason why President Obama is saying the war is over. there is many things we dont know and probaly we will not ever know what actually happened at war but all we got to do is give thanks to those who lost their lives in battle and those who fought for us and are still here for us today and will always be our protectors of our daily living. God Bless The Soldiers & Veterans Of The U.S.A - Make Peace Not War! OH RAHH USMC!

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  126. I believe at first the war in iraq was worth it however towards the end there appeaered to be no reason the we needed to sacrafice lifes for ungreatful people.

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  127. I believe the sacrifice or troops and war in Iraq was woth it for our country. Since going to war we havent had anymore terrorist attacks upon our people. We helped end a totalitarianism country, to restablish a new government in Iraq. Although the US might not have gain any land benefits, we did bring a good sense of security to our citizens.

    Kirk Kelly
    Sloan

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  128. I believe that the war was somewhat worth it in the end. We were able to free the country and help the country start a better type of government. However, we lost so much money and more importantly, lives from staying there too long. -Kevin Rodgers Period 2 Sloan

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  129. I believe our intentions in entering the war in Iraq were good. We wanted to stand up against terrorism and help an oppressed people. However, the war was not carried out as efficiently as it could have been had the white house followed the suggestions of the military leaders who were over fighting and had a better idea about what was going down.

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  130. Chad Farris, Period 4 - SloanSeptember 3, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    Military people losing their lives is always going to be a part of war, this is the worst part of wars. As a country we are more secure because of all the things we do now for getting on a plane, etc. Hopefully we have made a difference in the war on terror and in the lives of the people of Iraq who deserve a better life.

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  131. There are defiantly pro’s and con’s about this war. The pro’s are that we changed the Iraqi government from a dictatorship to a democracy, something that’s a little more in our favor. Sure, we’re the world police, but I think that helping the country out was good. Though, here comes the con’s. We spent waaay too much money on this war. Money we didn’t and don’t have might I add. Money that could have been used to help out Katrina victims or other things that our country was and is in need of. Not only that, there were many American lives lost. Now is this all worth it? I’m torn. A big part of me says no because the thought of war displeases me. But then again, who’s to say that if we hadn’t shown our tough side like we always do that the Iraqi’s wouldn’t have done what we thought they might? Or anyone country or group of people in general? There isn’t much we can do about our decisions of the past now, so I don’t dwell on it. So I still don’t know exactly what to think.

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  132. I personally don’t understand why we are at war in the first place. The government did, however, spend a lot of money to have men and women fight in a war that didn’t even accomplish anything, just a waste of money that could have been used for other things. A lot of lives were also lost for no reason.

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  133. Was it worth it? We removed a dictator who was hated by his people, we prevented further terrorists attack on us, and in truth the entire world. We brought the fight to a people bent on death and destruction, our death and destruction. Many people living in that area are thankful for our presence.

    yes, it was worth it, but then who cares? In the end it does not matter if it was worth it, even if it was not worth it, we would still have to fight, for we had no other reasonable choice. The only other choice we had was to give in to terrorism and die.
    Caleb Newman

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  134. n. trevino;a. bauer period 1September 3, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    I honestly believe this was, as are many wars, a waste of time, money, resources,energy, and lives. Innocent people were killed for nothing. Families in both countries will forever be mouring the loss of loved ones. People will forever be suffering the negative effects of this war. Even U.S. soldiers were exploiting human beings for their own entertainment, and we call these people heroes? No one, absolutely no one benefited from this bloodshed.

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  135. I do not think the war was worth it. Many people died like innocent people and soldiers the were there.it was just a waste of time for the soldiers, and it probably cost a lot of many.
    Stephanie A
    Mr. Sloan
    Per.4

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  136. Luis Anguiano
    Mr. Bauer Period 2

    I do believe that they made a good decision about bringing back the troops. But it was wrong for that we spent so much time and money over their. The war wasn't worth it we should just stayed out of it and focused on those who hurt us.

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  137. no i do not think it was worth it because we lost a lot of men out there and it over? we didn't even win and its over. We spent lots of money and men gave there lives up not to quit to me no it wasn't worth it because we didn't even win the war yet.

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  138. I dont think the war was worth it because we spend alot of money and alot of american soliders died. Spending years in Iraq just made the economy really bad and gas prices went up. I think overall it is not a good idea to have been in war wiith Iraq.

    Jaskiran Kaur
    Mr. Bauer
    Period 2

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  139. My opinion is that I don't think it was worth it, we wasted alot of time and money in Iraq. We also lost so many lives! & the economy got really bad. We wasted all those years there and didn't even win.

    Bauer, Period 3

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  140. Whenever I think about the war in Iraq, I feel sad. I feel as though it was an unnecessary venture, brought about by the thirst for revenge. It was not worth it. We found no weapons of mass destruction, we destroyed a country's government, however corrupt it was, and we murdered thousands of innocent people, albeit some guilty ones as well. Though I believe our politicians genuinely believed that this would solve the American hurt, I do not think this was the correct course of action. We sacrificed honorable young men and women, poured thousands of dollars into a country our general population seems to despise, and ruined our own economic system. The devastation will take years to correct, and I fear that we'll never be the same. We are no more secure today than we were before 2001, and there is really no way to prevent the same types of attacks. Waging wars will not protect American citizens; general peace will. As long as there are wars being waged, there will be terror, and there will be death. The only way to stop the vicious cycle is to use democracy and benevolence. However, as long as we strive to be the best, our direct competitors and less-than-advanced onlookers will not cease in their quest to best America. That human nature of competition and envy will be the death of us. While people try to be better, wars will be fought and people will die. As a pacifist, I firmly believe that all war, retaliation, and revenge will just lead to hurting everyone involved. Gandhi had it right: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

    --Emily Dirksen
    Bauer
    AP Gov
    3 September 2010

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  141. I do not believe that this war was necessary at any cost. I have always been against this war and will always be against this war. It caused the United States to go into a multi trillion dollar deficit and doomed our nation.

    Bauer per. 1

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  142. Hannah Engebretsen
    Bauer, Period 2

    I think in the beginning of the war it was worth it because we were helping their country. But after a while, we should have started bringing back our troops sooner. American Troops shouldn't have been in iraq for as long as they have.

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  143. I don't know if there is any way to accurately weigh everything that went into and came out of the war in Iraq. While I do feel that the consequences of the war were terrible and I was never really a supporter of the idea of the war, I am still able to see the other side. We the US seemed to feel that we were threatened enough to need to do something about it, and after 9/11, people were screaming for action. The costs of the war and an unsatisfying ending are not what everyone hoped for, though. I just hope that in years to come, we as a country will be able to justify our actions and see a positive change in Iraq and say, "We were part of that change."
    Kassie Lizama
    Sloan p2

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  144. I agree with Kassie that we can't accurately weigh everything. All things considered we could have lost many more lives but the fact that we didn't even know what we were fighting for was over the top. It's the rotten old politicians that can declare a war but it is the young that must perish on their behalf. We also added an insane amount of fuel to the national debt to fund weapons technology that wasn't even necessary. So my answer is NO this war was entirely unjustified and definitely not worth it.
    Ryan Cabrera
    Bauer per. 2

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  145. I believe we have definently come to be a more secure country. I think in a way the war was good because it gave America a reality check with our economic crisis. But yet i feel as if the war has gone on for to long and we have lost to many lives.
    Amanda Hommond
    Sloan period 1

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  146. amanda eckroth
    per1
    mr. sloan

    i think it was the right thing to do. becuase if we didnt send our trops in the war then you would never know what could have happen to our country.. we all could be dead now if out soliders didnt go and fight for us

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  147. Kevin Krivda, Bauer P1
    I think the war in Iraq has made us a safer country. We should all b proud of th men and women that risked their lives over there to keep us here safe. We have taken out many leaders of Al qaeda and have brought down an evil dictator. We have brought a democracy to the middle east, even though it will take awhile for it to work efficiently. yes, the war did cost us a lot but as general Sherman said, "War is hell." people today have grwon to soft, wars are never pretty and to bring down someone, sometimes extreme measures must be used.

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  148. I believe that the war was necessary at first. Bush believed that Iraq had WMD's, so we went to war. But as soon as we found out that there werent any, we should've ended it ASAP. So I kinda have multiple opinions on this subject. A lot more lives could've been saved, but that's the cost of freedom i guess.

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  149. At first, Bush believed that Iraq had WMD's and we needed to secure national safety, so I believe the war was worth it at first. But as soon as we discovered that there werent any weapons, we should've pulled out ASAP. But i guess the loss of lives is inevitable in order to sustain peace/order.

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  150. Justin Tyler, Bauer, p.3September 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    i think that at the beginning the war it seemed like the right thing to do, but in the end i dont think we need to be there as long. i think our country is just as secure as we were when we first started the war. it was worth it because we were helping their country.We spent billions of dollars on that war and now our economy is suffering from it.

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  151. Steven Reichmuth, Bauer, period 2September 12, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    I do not believe the Iraq war was worth it. Our country spent too much time their worrying about innocent lives lost and arresting our soldiers with war crimes they committed by mistake. If the politicians would have just hand the keys over to the old school cigar smoking generals, the war would have been over a long time ago with a lot less American lives lost.

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  152. Kaylanie L. Mr.Bauer Per.1September 12, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    As I recall, we initially went to war to "find weapons of mass destruction". To this day we have yet to find such weapons. Throughout the coarse of that war there were other explanations and reasons given as to why we were still there. None of which do I feel were truly justifiable. Therefor the war was not at all worth the time, money, and most of all the lives wasted on it.

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  153. viridiana ramirez period 2September 20, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    i dont think war was worth it.At the time, it seemed necessary and easy, but we all learned that in war, no one wins. One of the reasons the war seems so terrible to so many people is that politicians and the media used it to try and push their own political agendas, in the process dividing our own country and hurting the image of our presidents and our armed forces. The same thing happened in the Vietnam War. The Viet Cong did not beat us; we beat ourselves.

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  154. I really disprove about the whole war in Iraq and the many solders that have gone and either died, was wounded severely, or had committed suicide when they came back to their families because they could not take all the nightmares that had occurred and they had seen. It’s just not fair to watch family members have so much pain inside and watch them cry because of a loved one that had died and I don’t think its helping really when you have many people go to fight but then I have great respect for those people because they are fighting to keep our country and the citizens who are living in it safe.
    Aniscia Silva. Sloan. Per 5.

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  155. Gevevahna LathipanyaOctober 5, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    I believe we are more secure today but I also think that the war with Iraq was a definite loss. We spent way too much time , money and too many lives were lost.All for what? It seems as if we didn't gain anything from Iraq , we now just take more precautions on who to trust. I do not support the war at all.

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  156. I beleive that the war did not accomplish the goal that everyone thought it would accoplish. Stop terrorism. Although we did end Sudam Hussein destructive ruling. I wish that more good would of came from the war, but i do respect all those whose life has been lost and for the families of the desiest.

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  157. i dont think it was worth it because alot of soldiers have die for their country so that late they could just leave like mothing.

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  158. Michael Freeman Per 5 SloanDecember 13, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    I believe that The money is not the biggest problem. I believe that the way it was looked at and dealt with is were we start to fall apart. For starters, Bush and Obama dropped the ball supposedly from their action. I don't fully blame them except for Obama. If it was not for corporations and the media calling the shots, then he wold be just stupid and week. No presidential power bows down or hugs other world leaders. No presidential power reaches out to others and tells them we are sorry for being better then you. It makes us look week and unstable to be the best. But we are not aloud to be the best anymore thanks to are liberal media. We are all racist as soon as anything like that comes up.

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  159. I belive that it was worth ending the war because out economy got very bad while the war was going on because the money that was being spent over there in the war was the money that came from our taxes and this meant that our gas prices would continue to go up and eerything else would go bad. I also think that it wasn't worth it to fight because at the end the violence is going to continue nobody could stop that and innocent people were just being killed. However it did make some changes because it increased our security in international travel and we captured terrorist.

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  160. I believe our country is more secure today then it was before the war, but I also think that the war with Iraq was a loss in the end. We spent way too much time and money in the war. Too many lives were lost in the end. It just seems like we didn't gain anything from the war in Iraq. although we do take more precautions on who to trust today. I do not support the war at all.
    Spencer Pellandini
    Sloan
    P.1

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  161. I believe our country is more secure today then it was before the war, but I also think that the war with Iraq was a loss in the end. We spent way too much time and money in the war. Too many lives were lost in the end. It just seems like we didn't gain anything from the war in Iraq. although we do take more precautions on who to trust today. I do not support the war at all.
    Spencer Pellandini
    Sloan
    P.1

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  162. enrique salazar sloanper5December 15, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    I believe that obama calling the war to an end is a god thing because it put us in a huge debt with all the war costs

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  163. kayla rodriguez sloan5December 16, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    i think that the war was worth it. the soldiers put there life og the line and they should be appreciated when they come back. i think that we helped iraq set up a democratic form of government. i respect our soldiers for all of their hard work and dedication. all of their efforts are worth it in the end and the represent us respectively.

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