Anne Cassebaum: Weary of war

June 25, 2014 

Time for another war in Iraq? Hardly. Most Americans are not only war weary but war wary.

For the $816 billion plus we have spent on the Iraq War, we have reports and images of the misery war causes and the broken bodies and spirits of far too many of our troops. In massive numbers, Americans are questioning what war accomplishes and what sorts of problems it can be used for. The last seven decades of U.S. military actions around the globe provide little evidence that wars do anything but extend misery and create new conflicts.

Military attacks rarely provide a lasting solution. And too often our missions and “American interests” are vague and hide ambitions for an economic empire.

More American soldiers/advisors, more drones, more airstrikes in Iraq? How will any of those help either Iraq, the U.S. or the world? That’s a question to call and ask our Congress and president.

President Obama has admitted there is no military solution for Iraq. Can we get him to stand by that and work for a political one or will the U.S. add more weapons and soldiers to a raging fire?

Anne Cassebaum


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