Yesterday, more than eight and a half years after it began, our war in Iraq officially ended. The debate about the war’s merit may rage for the rest of our lives.
Was the war in Iraq worthwhile?
Total Voters: 492
You know the costs well: the loss of almost 4,500 American lives and tens of thousands of Iraqis in the face of a brutal insurgency; thousands upon thousands more who were wounded; $800 billion spent; bitter divides at home and some chilled relations abroad.
But the gains are significant, too: the overthrow of the tyrannical Saddam Hussein and the meting of justice by Iraqis; the birth of a functioning, if messy (and durable, one hopes) democracy in the heart of the Middle East; a union of disparate ethnicities once thought to be irreconcilable to one another.
The costs certainly are permanent. Only time will tell whether the gains are lasting, as well.
As things stand today, however, do you believe the war in Iraq was worthwhile? That’s this week’s Poll Position question. Answer in the nearby poll and in the comments thread below.
– By Kyle Wingfield