BAGHDAD — In its largest reconstruction effort since the Marshall Plan, the United States government has spent $53 billion for relief and reconstruction in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, building tens of thousands of hospitals, water treatment plants, electricity substations, schools and bridges.
But there are growing concerns among American officials that Iraq will not be able to adequately maintain the facilities once the Americans have left, potentially wasting hundreds of millions of dollars and jeopardizing Iraq’s ability to provide basic services to its people.
This is NATION BUILDING, We invaded Iraq to rebuild it for our government to say we can't afford health care for EVERY American?
Answer by ProudMammaMia at 2:15 PM on Nov. 21, 2009
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Answer by Raine2001 at 5:14 PM on Nov. 21, 2009
Hmmm, you'd THINK Mr. Hope and Change would do something about the matter--wasn't bringing the troops home and ending the wars at the top of his "if I get elected" priority list?--
No, he wanted to end them responsibly. I think Iraq SHOULD warrant a straight up pull out..However that isn't feasible
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:42 PM on Nov. 21, 2009
Answer by BEXi at 5:52 PM on Nov. 21, 2009
No, he wanted to end them responsibly.
Yet, he has shot down EVERY responsible plan presented to him! Since he has absolutely no military experience, what kind of plan is he looking for? I mean if he can't come to some sort of agreement with the very people HE appointed, because of their expertise, who can he turn to?! Maybe he should consult his Magic 8-Ball! LOL
Answer by LoriKeet at 5:53 PM on Nov. 21, 2009
Answer by doright at 6:20 PM on Nov. 21, 2009
We need an exit strategy for both countries.
No we can not afford the financial burden.
How about we decrease our dependency on oil, period??
Answer by Sisteract at 7:07 PM on Nov. 21, 2009