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Can we spare 53 BILLION for rebuilding Iraq?

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/world/middleeast/21reconstruct.html?_r=2&hp

This is NATION BUILDING, We invaded Iraq to rebuild it for our government to say we can't afford health care for EVERY American?

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 2:11 PM on Nov. 21, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The way the government is running this is so backward!! We fail to fix our own issues but have enough money and time to not only fix but destroy another nation. Such BS!!!
    ProudMammaMia

    Answer by ProudMammaMia at 2:15 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • Um, we cannot afford either...
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 2:46 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?--guess it was just another talking point! Maybe if he had balls and some decision making skills, things would be different. I'll bet all he needs is a nice hot turkey dinner to help him make a decision! LOL
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 2:51 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • No we can't afford it. We can make a trade though. We can buy their oil at a reduced cost, the money can be used to build infrastucture and our goodwill/knowledge to get it done is free.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 4:54 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • Maybe if the military quit paying the damn contractors upwards of $100,000 or more. Probably more. And for doing the same damn job the active duty soldiers do.
    Raine2001

    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

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:42 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • " Um, we cannot afford either... "

    Agreed.
    BEXi

    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

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 5:53 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • Thanks to George Idiot W. Bush, for attacking Iraq to begin with, it's crippled us. Not Obama's fault.
    doright

    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??

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 7:07 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

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