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Was the war in Iraq worth it?

August 31st, 2010
02:01 PM ET

Military combat operations in Iraq will be officially coming to a close on August 31 and the day will mark the end of a lengthy and bitter conflict that has divided people around the world.

U.S. President Barack Obama will be marking the end of the war by personally thanking members of the military for their contribution and will also mark the milestone with a speech from the Oval Office.

Even though the official combat mission is ending, roughly 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in the country until the end of 2011. Their mission will be to train, assist and advise the Iraqis.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki proclaimed Iraq as "sovereign and independent" during a national address Tuesday to mark the official end of the U.S. combat mission in his country.

Al-Maliki praised the strides made by Iraqi security forces in fighting terrorism, attributing their efforts to making the U.S. drawdown possible.

"If these security achievements were not real, we would not have been able to move to executing the bigger and more important step, which is the withdrawal of American forces that is happening today," he said.

"This withdrawal would not have happened without the sacrifices of all the Iraqi people and the heroics of the army, police and security forces and the tribesmen who supported them.

As Iraq marks this important day, CNN International's "Connect the World" is bringing you a special one hour program dedicated to bringing you the answers of whether the Iraq war was worth it.

More than 4,000 U.S. troops have been killed so far and 316 members of the coalition have also lost their lives.

Reliable numbers on civilians killed are difficult to determine, but according to the human rights group "Iraq Body Count," between 97,000 and 106,000 Iraqis have been killed since 2003.

The war has also cost the U.S. government more than $700 billion according to the U.S. defence department.

We want to know what you think.

After more than seven years of conflict, was the end result worth it? Was the ousting of Saddam Hussein and the establishment of a democratic government worth the loss of life?

Let us know what you think and please leave your comments below - be sure to also include where you're writing from. You can also tweet CNN's Becky Anderson @BeckyCNN if you want your tweet read out.

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  1. Brygida Biedron

    No, this war has been totally unnecessery, from the early beginning it was buit on a wrong assuption, favoring the policy of former US govermnment and president. I belive that the people of Iraq were not ready for this war, mentally and in thier hearts. That is why it has been so difficult to capture their minds and hearts during that period of time. That leads to issue of Al Quida that is so easily operating there and is supported by so many in Iraq.
    I believe that if we waited with the war, the regime in Iraq would be diminish and people of that country would take the rules by themselves in more civil way.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Warbeliever

      the war is deff worth it... when our people decide if they have to burn to death or jump 72 storys to their death n ignorant peop say the war isnt worth it then go tell that to the familys of the ones who died in 9/11

      September 20, 2010 at 1:56 am | Reply
  2. PeaceOne

    This war was totally unnecessary and unjust. US had made more enemies than it can handle. War is not the answer to "terrorism". Each time US kills Iraqis in "War on Terror" more will be born. US can't kill all Iraqis. They should try to win their hearts than their oil. I wouldnt be surprised if Iraqis go crazy and avenge all that US has done to their country.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  3. Bryan

    Hell no

    August 31, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  4. Paolo - Roma Italy

    The reason to invade Iraq- weapons of mass destruction- was a fake.
    The war in Iraq paved the way to the real threat to the West – Iran.
    The involvement in Iraq left the job undone in Afganistan, so that we are running the risk to lose the country.
    We are also running the risk to loose Iraq.
    Was it a success?

    August 31, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  5. Camilo Rojas

    This was an economic war, 7 billion dollars to the war industry in the US…not bad, not bad at all. Bush, not being happy with giving billions to his business friends with the afghan war, decided to invent another war. Although I do not undermine the pain of the 4000 US families who lost their sons out there, the real catastrophe lies within the Iraqi people, who have lost an entire generation to this war. I can’t imagine how the US can even consider of having done any good for them. It will not take long before an extremist regime takes over Iraq again; all the conditions are given for that to happen. I sincerely consider that the war on Iraq will become the Vietnam of the 21st century that is of curse if Afghanistan does not take that post eventually. The US should reconsider their interventionist methods, sooner or later they will mess with the wrong country, and when that happens, all habitants of the world including me shall get on their knees and pray, pray for life. Bogota-Colombia

    August 31, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  6. Hari

    Everyone has a right to choose their government , good or bad. Others should not interfere in the manner the US did. A war crimes inquiry should be held against those who sanctioned this war. Over 90,000 Iraqis dead is sufficient evidence that Americans value oil more than the lives of other humans including their own.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  7. Didier

    it wasn't worth it,the reason of this war was that Iraq had nuclear weapons or was developing one,which happen to be false.
    So many people died for the wrong reasons,nothing is worth a human live.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  8. James Hatton

    Of course not!

    August 31, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  9. R.Rashid

    It depends on which side of the fence you are standing .

    I am an Iraqi writing from Erbil in Kurdistan .

    Most of the Sunni Arabs of Iraq ; Most of the media in Arabic Countries think the war was unnecessary &/or did not worth it .Same for Arab regems in the middle east .

    Yet , almost all Iraqi Kurds & a big majority of Iraqi Shiis think the other way around

    I think it worthed it . Despite the troubles , more than 70% of Iraqis are happy to have been freed from Saddam .

    The Iraqi's purchasing power increased 5 fold since 2003 ; we have continuous growth in the economy ; oil companies had signed very promissing deals with Iraq & the future looks OK .

    August 31, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  10. amir

    its worth the effort ..........

    August 31, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  11. love

    This war is not necessary but it made some advantages.
    1)First it shown the vulnerability of US military counter terrorism strategy.
    2)after the Iraq war the anti muslin sentiments ran high in Europe bcos of the series of bombings in Europe, which is necessary to kick the muslin out of Europe.
    What happened is happened now we must live it, it taught a good lesson for USA.In future these type of mistakes must be avoided to save human and economy cost. Hope this is the last and final mistake committed by USA.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  12. mihailo2211

    The war was totaly not worth the pain,the suffering of thousand's of familie's.What the Americans say about "terrorism" are all lie's and they should just admit it's all about oil.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  13. Cheryl from MN

    When a WAR is started on false pretenses or on LIES, then NO this war was not worth the sacrifices that our Brave American Men and Women gave!!! Hell NO, it was not worth it. And I feel that those that lied to get us into this war should be held liable..........but Fat chance of that ever happening!

    August 31, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  14. Mark - Cda

    Let us not forget the US was at war. They had been attacked by Al-Qaeda on US soil and it was known that their enemy existed in pockets throughout the world. At the time the Iraq-US conflict was not over and much suspicion existed that Iraq was preparing for some retaliation against the US. The conflict in Iraq gave militants that wanted to strike out against the US a battle field outside of the U, a battlefield in their heartland. The existance of Al-Qaeda in Iraq grew, their cowardice tactics were seen every day with their road side bombs and use of children as suicide bombers.
    I applaud the very brave men and women that took up position half way around the world, against that madness when their country asked them to. To do nothing was out of the question. Perhaps it will give pause to those that wish to strike out again. The consequences were decisive, far reaching and will continue to have substantive impact.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  15. Sally

    Let's not forgot about the daughters lost in this war. Many sons have died, but females served in this war too.

    This was a very unnecessary war, hate begets hate. Why do you think the terrorists attacked us on 911 anyway? The US needs to stop throwing the military at every international problem, and figure out a more humanitarian response.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  16. Adrian Duister

    my theory on the invasion of irak was to make sure that the anti western ideoligy woold not stay in the midle east. the reason like many wars must be oil the one resource countries in the midle east have that america needs. no doubt that loosing trading in the midle east to the anti western ideoligy is obviusly not in the usa' best intrest. so securing a peace (hopefully) as an aftermath to this asualt and removing an diktator might stop the anti western ideoligy from spreading. but that is yet to be seen

    August 31, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  17. Cheryl from MN

    GREAT comment Hari.........and to R.Rashid and Amir.......Iraq is a very unstable, savage country and even though you have promising deals with oil companies means nothing. Your country can and probably will be taken over by terrorists or maybe even Iran......who knows. But your country is not strong enough to stand on its own. You were better off with Saddam. And if the Kurds were mistreated all the Kurds had to do was leave Iraq to a different country for a better life.......instead of more killing......more death. It is just 'savage' any way you look at it. Too many lives lost and for what? Oil? Growth? Economy? I agree with Hari......our government......our President thought that OIL/Money, was worth more than saving lives. And nothing has changed.....we are battling big corporations, big banks and wall street for the best interests of the average American. I thank Bush and Cheney and all the Republicans for ALL the mess we are in today. Thank you!!!!!

    August 31, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  18. MSG (R)

    I lost my best Army buddy, whom happen to have a wife and kids, while we where in Iraq. I sure hope it was worth it!

    August 31, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  19. Dan


    August 31, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  20. Cheryl from MN

    Mark – Cda............the U.S. was at war when we attacked Saddom? Really? That is news to me. Bush had a grudge against Saddom for some personal thing between Saddom and his dad, Bush Senior!! And this suspicion that existed, that Iraq was preparing for some retaliation against the US? What??? The only suspicion that existed was what Cheney and the rest of Bush's administration "Created". And....."existance of Al-Qaeda in Iraq grew"........***news flash*** Saddom was not Al-Qaeda......in fact he hated the Al-Qaeda. And there was no use of children as suicide bombers at that time when Saddom was in power...............there may be now because of our "occupation", but not when Saddom was alive. And yes.....we should be proud of our American soldiers that have sacrificed their lives......but we should also shed tears for our loved soldiers, knowing that they sacrificed their lives for needless lies from our government leaders.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  21. Noel

    Absolutely not. This war was an excuse for President Bush to execute his own agenda. For one man to bring so many onto his bandwagon and charge us into war was totally unnecessary. And now we are in Afghanistan. When will that end?

    August 31, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  22. Cheryl from MN

    Yes Dan, Vietnam all over again...........but this time it may be much worse. Our foreign policies were the reason, given by the terrorists, for the attack on 9/11. Our attack on Saddom and 'occupying' a country in the Middle East, 'the Muslim world', only makes matters worse for us. We have opened a 'Hornet's Nest' that I think will be with us now, for many, many, many years to come. We should have stayed out of the Middle East, we should have spent our time and energy looking for natural sources for energy and Break our dependence on foreign (Middle Eastern) oil. But noooooooo........the greedy people we elect have to have it their way!

    August 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  23. World

    Because of this war the Middle East now is less civil and more extremist.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  24. cate

    Facts:the iraq war was started because we thought there were wmds. This was a fair reason if there had been so or if there is and we hadn't got them america and britain wouldn't be what it's like today. Iraqi lives have changed for the better this is not an excuse though for the 97000 to 106000 dead civillians in iraq but generally iraq is a better place to live. And now we are in a position that we can change iraq a lot easier peacefully. We should have withdrawn sooner though.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Reply

    Where is this oil America supposedly went to war for? Iraq is in control of its own oil – as it should be.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  26. Chris Wong from Malaysia

    The war was unnecessary. The United States wouldn't have so many enemies if it had handle its international relation better. All diplomatic efforts in the 20th century points towards the demand of the United States. I doubt that these demand serve the interest of the US citizen at large but to the cronies and business ally of the Bush administration. To win the argument they call it national security. The lost of lives of thousands of American soldiers is unwarranted as it only serve the lust and desire of these corrupted politicians. I guess when the Republican goes back into power, they will create more wars. And God bless America by then cause not only she creates more enemies but a ballooned budget deficit, more than what we see now. By then the Bible prophecy will come to past that the world economy will collapse as the world superpower crumble economically.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  27. Cheryl from MN

    I agree with you World. Thanks to Bush and Cheney.........they have made the world a more dangerous place in which to live and I really fear for my children's futures.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  28. Cheryl from MN

    I also have to agree with Camilo Rojas. This was a war to make billions for Bush's friends. When he stated that he was going to war, it was all TOO plain to me, it was all about money and oil. He couldn't give a rat's..... you know what, about the lives that would be lost in Iraq on all sides. 9/11 gave him the excuse he was looking for to go and invade Iraq. But I think Cheney was more at guilt than Bush........I think Cheney is the one with the brains and Bush was merely his 'puppet'.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  29. Cheryl from MN

    Cate..........you don't start a war unless you have ABSOLUTE PROOF that there is WMD. We did not have ABSOLUTE PROOF. That is NOT cause to go and invade a country and kill thousands of our troops. Wake up girl! Chris Wong from Malaysia......I haven't heard that prophecy ..... what I have heard is that China and the U.S.A. will survive in the end. But that may not happen, you know the old saying, the bigger they are the harder they fall. Look at Rome! And I agree......I fear the Republicans getting power in Washington......because I feel it will be that party that could get the U.S.A. into a 3rd World War. They are the power hungry, greedy party, the party that wants more and more, they support the big corporations, big banks and wall street. Their support for the corp., big bks, and wall street is the cause for economic trouble around the world. Yep........they spell trouble......say a prayer and hold your breath!

    August 31, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  30. georgy_it (san jose)

    I have mixed feelings about it, which shouldnt let a righteous mind to indulge on the immoral aspects of this war that have led its motivations and execution. The ouster of Saddam Hussein was a good thing to do, although not a good idea, because he was not alone in the world to exercize dictatorship, and we cannot expect americans make war to all of them, but again, the motivations were other than to free an arabic country from a ruthless dictator, there have been errors of miscalculation and if we stand on the say that "time will tell", I wonder how long we shall have wait to see some results.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  31. Gregg Jenkins

    I don't think the War in Iraq was worth one single American life. No matter what the argument. The suffering caused to the American families and wounded Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen is beyond words. You can't say it was worth it if you lost a loved one for a country that will surely revert back to chaos, mayhem and despair, costing further American lives of the so-called support Troops left in-country. Senseless Religious differences are at the root of it all and it's surely not worth that nonsense.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  32. François

    nothing to do with Al Quaeda nor Sadam...we should first ask to the Iraquis whether it was worth...American and English lies but also French and European (more hypocritical)...a Bush disaster among others...

    August 31, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  33. Andreas - France

    Compare it with the removal of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime in Germany.

    It will only make sense at the end if the United States and its Allies will start now with something like the MARSHALL plan to boost the strength of Iraq's economy.

    This can be counter financed by oil being bought by the Allies "harvested" in Iraq.

    Nevertheless, the reason to start the war was made up and treason to World Peace movement.

    The first Iraqi war was more reasonable than the second one, that is for sure.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  34. dhamial

    Is US or Iraq better off now? Hell no and it will get worse at both ends. Politically in Iraq and financially in US.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  35. Adiani

    The loss of life to America has been staggering. As much as we tried to sugar coat this with all kinds of personal back slapping, our brave soldiers all died for nothing. This saddens me to no end. As for the unfortunate Iraqi people, they too died in large numbers all because of a stupid President who rushed to judgment and did not have the patience to think things through. And as for those soldiers who return to the US terrible wounded and disfigured both physically and psychologically I don't know how we will ever repay them for squandering there lives. To me these wars are living nightmares. There are other countries around the world, closer to the areas of conflict and with personal stakes in the outcome of these conflicts. Let them mobilize their armies and take their own destinies into their own hands. I want the USA to stop being manipulated into these overseas wars. Enough already!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  36. Jack C. NYC NY


    Bush decided NOT to go after America's real enemy al-Qaida and instead sent 130,000 troops to liberate Iraqi oil.

    Fox News - Greenspan: Oil the Prime Motive for Iraq War
    America's elder statesman of finance, Alan Greenspan, has shaken the White House by declaring that the prime motive for the war in Iraq was oil.

    Bush gives new reason for Iraq war
    Says US must prevent oil fields from falling into hands of terrorists

    In Iraqi War Scenario, Oil Is Key Issue
    U.S. Drillers Eye Huge Petroleum Pool

    Iraq War Made America Less Safe
    The National Intelligence Estimate titled "The Terrorist Threat to the Homeland" amounts to a devastating critique of the Bush administration's policies on Iraq, Iran, and the terrorist threat itself.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  37. hannelore lederfine

    I even said years back, wait until the american troops are leaving, then it will really start between the Sunni and the Shiis, I hope Iam wrong but when you have been following all these years this country Iraq then there is trouble ahead. my opinion get the troops out completly and let them fight their own war

    August 31, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  38. Bryan Rawlings

    Absolutely not. Skip all the "after-the-event" justifications, this was a cynical ploy by Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz to hijack the sentiment following 9/11 and execute their grand plan for the Middle East. The 4000-plus U.S. war dead, 100,000 plus Iraqis dead, the billions in damages and the enormous rise in anti-U.S. feeling around the world are the legacy. As for Saddam? He'd be gone by now anyway.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  39. Ruth from Ohio

    This was just another Vietnam,so wrong, so unnecessary, and again a great loss of life...this generation should not even have gone to war....the politicians should have gone to war,they started it ,the American people did not! Even if we went to take down Sadam Hussein,should have left right after that......the politicians of this country were even friends with Hussein.....do not buy what the politicians of this country is selling you....they are like bad medicine men!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  40. Pierre Tremblay

    The lies, the deceptions,the false and misleading information and the people who made decisions based on this withoout thinking how many lives would be sacrifed is just impossible to comprehend.Icry and my heart goes out to you,I am canadian and I love the usa as if it was my second home The only reason Iraq wants us(canada USA) within their boundries is $$$$$$$$.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  41. Darryl

    Considering that 15 0f the 19 Hi Jackers came from Saudi Arabia, and Iraq could have been beaten by any country considering the state of their country, they were no threat to us. no why would we feel safer. As long as our foreign policy stays the way it is we will always have to fear events like 9/11 happening. The terrorists could come from anywhere.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Reply

    I dont think it was worth the lives of so many families,not at all!!!

    August 31, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  43. yeah right

    No. It was rather evident the war wasn't worth it just a couple of months after the invasion when it became increasingly obvious there were no weapons of mass destruction to be found. That IS why we marched in there, isn't it?
    Unfortunately, all we've seen now is a great loss of human life on both sides with massive civilian casualties, an increased resentment throughout the world towards the United States, deepening distrust in our own government, and all this at an incredible financial burden. And to make things worse, we've likely only destabilized the country as a whole – with a likely surge in violence once the remaining troops have left the country. Life may have been difficult under Hussein and I'm in no way defending him, but I fear life will be even more difficult for the Iraqi people in the years to come. We didn't bring them freedom. All we brought them is greater despair and uncertainty.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  44. François

    i am wondering what could happen to Bush if he ever come out of Texas, would he only for vacation...so many other shoes are waiting for him in most part of the world...

    August 31, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  45. Kabir Kakkar

    It is easy to be wise after the event. However at the time that US decided to attack Iraq, most of the so called 'developed world' was very happy to let US to do the dirty work and get rid of the so called 'weapons of mass destruction' that Iraq was alleged to possess. The US might have had their ulterior motives, but then what about the divided Arab world? I think US always take care of its own geopolitical considerations, and for that they have to be admired.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  46. Michael Walsh


    The USA will never learn to mind Its own business just as the Roman Empire resorted to well over Two Thousand Years ago. The Bush war was mainly for their OIL, and only their OIL ! The Worlds Policeman the USA has one again stirred the Hornets Nest and created more Hatred for the USA for both Invading, and also "Still" occupying another country ! Will we ever learn to mind our own business, and to take care of Our People & Our Country ? God Help Us All !

    August 31, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  47. Dennis

    The war was very successful... for Al Qaida!

    They terrorized our population.

    They caused bickering and in-fighting among our political leaders.

    They convinced us to attack their enemies for them (Sadam was no friend to Osama)

    They took over the areas we took away from their enemies (see Al Qaida in Iraq)

    They turned a large part of the world against the US, by making us betray our American values, through torture and assassination of civilians.

    They turned a large part of the American populace against itself, by making us betray our American values, through privacy violations and secret renditions.

    They made us so scared that we sacrificed our freedoms for an illusion of security (hope you enjoy virtual strip searches!)

    They proved that when the times get tough, Americans will drop all pretense of being a noble, open, humanitarian society and turn to xenophobia and racism.

    They showed that a handful of pissed off Saudis could set in motion events that would change the world.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  48. nana yaw

    the worth of iraqi war!
    4000-1500 =2500
    do the arithmetic your self
    do u know what 700b dollars will have done to the American people
    if it had been pump into their economy
    " what happened to weapons of mass destructions
    " if you have done the above arithmetic then you might conclude that the human cost at iraq far exceed what happened in the twin tower and other attack on the u s soil
    .. should president Bush go scout free

    August 31, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  49. OlegT

    It was a great mistake to start the war. It didn`t make world safer.It made happy only those who earned big money during this war.

    August 31, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  50. Jurgen R. Brul

    After ALL the Iraq WARBLOOD and TAX MONEY SPILL, We Still Need to be ONE under GOD! In Suriname a Mosque is build near a Jewish Synagogue for Years!

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Paramaribo, Suriname

    August 31, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  51. Peter

    I always wondered where the threshold was for people to realize the cost wasn't justified. (Personally, my objections started in the fall of 2002. Demonstrated in D.C. January 2003.)

    What we could have done with those resources in the U.S.? Education / Health Care / Transportation / Katrina relief / less violence . . . (Has "Duh-bya" hastened our journey down the road to a third world country?)

    August 31, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  52. Saandow

    The United States relied more so on false reports that's some specific countries in Europe where falsely literally going to Sudan, Nigeria, other part of Africa, filming false news, filming false information, pictures of Aluminum tubing, BS about Yellow Cake, material that could make WMD, Nuclear, etc and they were reporting it to the CIA, each time they would give such false reports, the U.S. Government through our naive president, and/or corrupt sectors in our CIA each time would pay these foreigners several million dollars for the reports. We went to war in Iraq under false rumors and false intelligence given by (censored) for instance. Instead we should have gone to war with these certain European countries, I don't mean actuality, but at least politically.

    We have some European allies literally with arms factories in China, those arms get to North Korea thus to Iran, then Iran, and to Iraq and Afghanistan. If this is too harsh to take, delete it.

    August 31, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  53. b

    In some ways it was and in others it should have been!
    I do feel sorry for the fallen marines, disabled vets and Iraqis that died unnecessarily due to Bush and Rumsfeld`s pitiful during the whole war, but i disagree with the naive comments here regarding the issue. As if most people (myself included) have any idea about the real reasons for it and hellish situation for the marines on the ground. I do know:

    1.That invasion was going to go forward sooner or later regardless of Bush or the Saudis. The Baath party had provoked the U.S. for years..

    2. The Sunni/Shiite rivalry caused most of the carnage, exacerbated by Al-Qaeda`s cowardly attacks.

    3. American servicemen (except in Abu Ghrabi) did very well for their age and the situation! They are now the best IN THE WORLD as far as combat experience and tactics! 4,400 is tough to swallow (especially when IEDs were the main cause) but that`s war – and Rumsfeld should never touch an American flag again...

    4. The war will always be a symbol of American determination, revulsion of secular barbarity, and also a clear message to any nation that pretends to sympathize with Jihad and yet begs for US aid : cowards all have their place – under a US Marine`s boot!

    August 31, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  54. Leoncio

    Are you sure the war has ended?

    50,000 soldiers are still in Irak. They will figth and perhaps someones of them will die. Then, how can you say all is finished?

    August 31, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  55. straferd

    Tell me, what is with the US and murdering civilians? You nuked two Japanese cities, and it's been one bloody war after another since then.

    You guys invaded Afghanistan because of 3000 dead in the World trade centre, then you kill of HUNDRED THOUSAND civilians in Iraq? Even if not everyone of them died by US bullets, the end result is the same. They would have been alive today if it hadn't been for the invasion.

    One vicious country, aren't you?

    August 31, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  56. Aurangzeb Ahmed Khan

    America is more vulnerable than it was before the War. More terrorists have been created after the war than there were before the war. There are more people in the world hating USA policies than ever before in the history. We have lost 1000 times more innocent lives (all faiths incuded) than lives lost during 9/11. 700 billion USD lost; imagine how could this money have come in handy during current recession.

    Are we still debating right or wrong?

    August 31, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  57. Bas

    Iraq had NOTHING to do with 9/11
    Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.

    The official who decided that the police and defence force of Iraq were to be disbanded needs to go into the history book as the biggest moron ever to walk on this earth. (As are the folks who decided that liberating Iraq would create a domino effect of democracy in the Middle East.)
    Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz/Bremer/Cheney/Rove must go down in the history books as the people who destroyed America's image for the next 200 years.
    Iraq is now less stable and a greater source of terrorists than before. I could go on all night.

    August 31, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  58. Swiss chocolate

    A major disaster for Iraq and this country's population. Nobel prize Stiglitz assesses a USD 3 trillion cost but, depending on actuarial and other calculation methods, figures may be up to 4 times bigger.
    A country that was already in shambles after a decade of economic sanctions was sent back to the age of stone. It will take at least two generations to rebuild the basic infrastructure (hospitals, roads, etc) and the fact that infant mortality rates have been multiplied by at least 100'000 per cent will significantly hamper any economic growth for decades. Sadly, the invasion has thrown this country into a civil war for years and this damage is an invaluable one. A typical foreign policy failure and interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign country, started in the mid-60s with the promotion of Saddam Hussein's Baath party and continued with the malicious involvement in the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988). Add to this the 2002-2003 disastrous policies and inappropriate behavior towards independent experts like Scott Ritter and Hans Blix. What about setting up a compensation scheme for Iraq and restituting the oil contracts to the French, Russian and Chinese companies validly appointed by the Iraqi government before the invasion ?

    August 31, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  59. Alex A

    One of the biggest crimes ever committed in modern history is the invasion of Iraq in 2003. As most informed people now know, the intelligence on the existence WMDs was poor at best, and any evidence to the contrary was watered down or ignored altogether. Al Qaeda was not present in Iraq and there was no evidence of Saddam's involvement in the 9/11 attacks. The reason was purely to gain access to the 2nd largest oil deposit in the world to become less dependent on the Saudis, establish a "friendly" democracy in the MIddle East and prop up the war economy for Bush's friends such as Halliburton. At what cost? More that 4,000 US servicemen killed, more than 100,000 Iraqis killed, millions of Iraqis displaced during the carnage, the Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan and the growth of Islamic fundamentalism globally. The perpetrators of this war are war criminals and should be tried in the Hague as such. This illegal war will have long-term consequences that will go on for generations and it's a shame that the perpetrators are never going to be punished due to their continuing influence on the higher echelons of power in Western democracies. Shame.

    August 31, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  60. Bill

    The US Constitution says that only congress can declare war, so based on that, both the current "police actions" are not worth the paper they are not written on, not authorizing this country to "make war" on anyone. They are not wars but imperialist projections of culture and 'democratizing" people who do not share our beliefs and do not want our form of government. A trillion dollars later we are broke and they (any loosely associated group of terrorists you want to name) have won mostly because we lost our freedoms, our integrity and our honor doing what we did.

    August 31, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  61. Fred McCay

    Of course it was worth it. Anytime you can dispose of a true butcher like Saddam it is a worthwhile venture. We've also kept al-Qaida busy there so they are not here. Their resources are being depleted. Maybe they'll never give up and neither should we until they do. Our military has learned much in fighting this type of war and their equipment and methods have improved. I also do believe Iraq will remain a democracy and grow. Weapons of mass destruction, who cares. He obviously had them when he used them on the Kurds and Saddam was given the opportunity to let inspectors finish their jobs. He brought it upon himself and the bastard deserved to die along with his sons. Three cheers for President Bush, a true American Hero!

    August 31, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  62. Alyssa Drenner

    I Am ALyssa,
    I AM So GLad This is Finnaly Happening

    August 31, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  63. Nick

    WMDs in Irak = lie.
    900p of "WMD evidence" = garbage
    GW Bush, Cheney, Halliburton and Blackwater = war criminals.
    104,000 dead soldiers and Irakis = murder.

    August 31, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  64. Michael

    Now the war is over! So what. Should it have started in the first place? No. Should the leading powers of the world have put pressure on Saddam to lay down his arms? Yes. But we must find better and cheaper ways to get nations like Iraq and/or Iran to transition to a changing world. War is not the answer and the cost in terms of human life and suffering has been far too high!

    So, should the US continue to be the world police going forward? No. Because the US is bankrupt (like the Brits were after the 2nd world war) and this nation can't afford to continue its current role.

    Name me one other country in the world that has (and/or can afford) 2.5 Mill Pentagon employees plus over a Million contractors fighting these kinds of wars?

    And at the same token, does this country, the US, take care of its own people? No.

    So, we already know what is going to happen. There will be a new 21st century world order and the US will be one of several players. The US now has to look inward and reestablish its own values.

    The country as it is is a sick nation with fat, hungry, unhappy, unemployed, and uneducated people who have lost their way.

    What makes me personally sad is that I believe president Obama actually has a vision to move the country forward. But the far right in this country is such a destructive force and will continue to bring the country down for decades to come. They are the ones who are to be blamed for most of the policy failures over the past 30 plus years.

    So, please don't blame Obama. You should be proud to have such a noble man lead the country. Blame yourself. Many of you are voters in this country who have consistently voted against your own interests.

    What you should do is "vote for people first, then for your country". The people part needs a lot of healing and repairing!

    August 31, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  65. Vet

    Who benefits from an unstable Iraq – Iran and Israel. Who pays the price – America. When the American people wake up to the disinformation and manipulation by those who fooled the US into fighting for a foreign agenda, there will be a price to pay. The treason is real.

    August 31, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  66. Victor

    I still wonder if US having been in Iraq since 2003 have been able to discovered where Saddam Hussien was making weapons of mass destruction if they have not then I think there was no justification of the US invading Iraq. See what they have turn Iraq into killings everyday,no light,no government haba Americans can that happen in own country?

    August 31, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Reply
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    August 31, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  68. Vet

    Nothing has changed. The new US Ambassador, James Jeffrey is a bureaucrat and traitor to the American famlies who sent their youth to Iraq. Read "Talking to Terrorists" to see how he placed inter-agency politics over saving American lives – a scandal that cost over 2,000 lives which earned him his current promotion. Bold change is required to restore America.

    August 31, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  69. Cheryl from MN

    Gregg Jenkins, Adiani, Jack C. NYC NY, Hannelore Lederfine, Bryan Rawlings, Ruth from Ohio, Pierre Tremblay, Yeah Right, Michael Walsh, Dennis, Nana Yaw, OlegT, Peter, Aurangzeb Ahmed Khan, Bas, Swiss chocolate, Alex A, Bill, Nick.........I second, all of your great comments. You are all absolutely right! I am thankful that more and more people are seeing more clearly now, that the war was dead wrong and I am relieved, that fewer people hold the same opinion as Fred McCay.

    August 31, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  70. Cheryl from MN

    Michael........Wonderful comment.....the end got me all teary eyed. The country as it is is a sick nation with fat, hungry, unhappy, unemployed, and uneducated people who have lost their way. YOU ARE SO RIGHT!

    What makes me personally sad is that I believe president Obama actually has a vision to move the country forward. But the far right in this country is such a destructive force and will continue to bring the country down for decades to come. They are the ones who are to be blamed for most of the policy failures over the past 30 plus years. YES AND THEY COULD BE THE RUIN OF OUR GREAT NATION.

    So, please don't blame Obama. You should be proud to have such a noble man lead the country. Blame yourself. Many of you are voters in this country who have consistently voted against your own interests. VERY TRUE!!!

    What you should do is "vote for people first, then for your country". The people part, needs a lot of healing and repairing! ABSOLUTELY! WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN FOR A CHANGE!

    August 31, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  71. Patrick

    I think American people don't realize the huge amount of money that was diverted to support this war (in addition to the high price paid with thousands of human lives).

    People seem to think this money comes for free, but it doesn't! It comes from every american's pocket and could have been used to support important domestic matters like housing, education, medical, etc.

    The war may be over, but we'll be paying the price for years to come...

    August 31, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  72. Wasted1

    This was a terribly misguided war (surely there are better ways to deal with evil dictators than to destroy their entire country). Now the real carnage will begin and any chance of a decent life in Iraq will be many years from now, if internal reconciliation will even be possible.

    August 31, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  73. henrique

    Ask the poor in Iraq if they feel happy of the "mission accomplished".Their moms and children are sooo happy.The terror war just put crap in the fan.

    August 31, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  74. Paul in Austria

    Interestingly, 99% of the commentators here feel the war was a mistake. However, the president and congressional representatives all these commentators overwhelmingly elected – over the course of 10 years – approved it and multiple bills authorizing more spending on a war they all feel wasn't worth it. Who's not being honest here?

    August 31, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  75. Sexypapa

    We all know that the war in Iraq was to finish what we started in Gulf War part I. Was it worth it? There is much information that has not been made public, but once the first American blood was shed in Iraq, it became a war to make sure that the blood was not shed in vain. Iraq is destabilized as a result, but the world is a safer place. We have drawn out into the open, those who would do us harm, and now have them on the run.

    August 31, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  76. Bill

    Was this war worth it? Are you kidding to even dare ask this question.Of course it was not worth it. Worth what? What was gained or achieved by the US? Absolutely nothing. What I can tell you is what it did achieve was making the US the most hated country in the world. It awakened every Islamic fanatic in every corner in the world, out to inflict harm to the US and every American, not to mention that in the process the US also totally destroyed Iraq, a country that was once one of the most flourshing countries in the Middle East. Bush should burn in hell for this atrocity and Blair should be 2nd in line.

    August 31, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  77. sean

    The main reason for the war was the right wing think tank of Bush's administration thought that it was a great idea to bring down a dictator, and bring Western secular democracy to the region. And in return, people will be liberated, think on their own, and as democracy usually goes, the national policies will be more moderate. This will then have a influence to other countries in that region – Syria, Iran etc and peace will finally come.

    That may still happen hopefully. But starting a war on WMD excuse Iraq which had nothing to do with 9/11, not addressing Israeli intransigence, not going hard after Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, not addressing Saudi fundamentalism, not winning the hearts and minds of moderate Islamic countries – all these were crucial mistakes that we are till reaping the pain from.

    September 1, 2010 at 12:40 am | Reply
  78. Layka

    Bush should be hung for crimes against humanity. Obama should apologise to every country in the Middle East for their government’s crimes. World affairs should be left to a country that understands the meaning of, with great power comes great responsibility.

    Instead a having a dozen religious fanatics wanting to crash planes into your buildings, you now have a million of them. God bless America because no one else will.

    September 1, 2010 at 1:12 am | Reply
  79. Jim Rodgers (Jimbo)

    Iraq was invaded because it wanted to sell its Oil in Euros which was its choice and right to do so, rather than US Dollars. Unfortunately the US Treasury cannot print Euros and thus Iraq was invaded.

    September 1, 2010 at 1:24 am | Reply
  80. Ricky Joe

    Too many lives were lost. Too much funding was required. Too much loss of face for USA. Too many iraqis that did not appreciate the effort.... even thou a considerable number did appreciate it. FAR TO FEW Iraqis interested in continuing the security efforts/"government". The cesspool will return as soon as the USA shuts the door.

    There are far too many people in the world that are NOT responsible. The middle east is rampant with extremists that only want to kill....anyone. The USA has to learn that they cannot afford to fund wars/actions etc that try to fix irresponsibility of other gov's. Hire hit squads and go after the terrorist leaders... ONE $TRILLION would have hired lots of them.

    September 1, 2010 at 1:24 am | Reply
  81. santi

    Cheryl from Mn was right,
    there is no place in the world for greedy people,unfortunately,it doesn't apply that way.
    How many human lives wasted for greedy politician?

    September 1, 2010 at 1:34 am | Reply
  82. Keen Compher

    NO, we attacked a nation without evidence that they were planning to attack us. Rebuild this country! Not a country with so much political/religious disagreements.

    September 1, 2010 at 1:39 am | Reply
  83. Baldur

    Of course it was worth it. Iraq is now a free country.....and a democracy. The Western World, The US in particular, has demonstrated it´s strength and it´s will to make sacrifices for less lucky inhabitants of this planet. In the long run this tiny little war will prove it´s worth. Reykjavik-Iceland.

    September 1, 2010 at 1:51 am | Reply
  84. ChayaChoka

    War worth nothing!!!!!

    September 1, 2010 at 1:52 am | Reply
  85. Stan Willmann

    The "lessons" we should have learned from Viet Nam were completely ignored. This was purely a "political" war being waged for no real purpose. All "we" accomplished was destroying a nation we did not "like" politically. Who in Iraq "invited" us to destroy their country? Now what does Iraq have? No functioning government, no functioning police force or army, few functioning utilities, and we did not even get any oil for our efforts!!!! Afghanistan will be the same! We "lost" Afghanistan when we went into Iraq with our "shock and awe". Totally misguided, totally worthless and stupid waste of our soldiers' lives and our financial future. How much will Iraq ever contribute to our costs of this war? They will never give us a dime!!!

    September 1, 2010 at 2:01 am | Reply
  86. mohamed

    i think this war is the big mistake of the previous presd. Bush he wanted to clear his face in America . he destroyed big Arab country in the Middle East and he took his best treatment in final days when he was hitten by The Shoes .Obama must learn from this well Thanks

    September 1, 2010 at 2:12 am | Reply
  87. Vicky

    I don't understand. What happened when the troops were there? To just be there and enforce some kind of system? Its hard to say if it was worth it, so many peoples lives were lost and lost for what? maybe it'll be explained in the broadcast if the war was worth it, but it's hard to say if there was any success. It seems we're just leaving it the way we went in.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:20 am | Reply
  88. Size 12 to the face!

    ABSOLUTLY NOT! G.W. should have been taken from office in the same style and dignity as was bestowed on Benito Mussolini!

    September 1, 2010 at 3:11 am | Reply
  89. likeitis

    100,000 dead and one trillion dollars to *get* Saddam.
    Was it worth it? NO!!!

    September 1, 2010 at 3:47 am | Reply
  90. ruffwood

    Surely a crack troop could've taken out the big boys ( as in fact did happen – eventually ) early in the piece and save a lot of lives, time and money. Another Vietnam, nobody needs.

    September 1, 2010 at 4:36 am | Reply
  91. kneworld

    This was not a war it was an invasion by the Bush administration for what ever reason (the Control of OIL there). A vendetta for dad and no WoMD. So sorry for the deaths of those lured into this conspiracy absolutely despicable

    September 1, 2010 at 5:35 am | Reply
  92. Cheryl from MN

    Paul in Austria August 31st, 2010 9:57 pm ET

    Interestingly, 99% of the commentators here feel the war was a mistake. However, the president and congressional representatives all these commentators overwhelmingly elected – over the course of 10 years – approved it and multiple bills authorizing more spending on a war they all feel wasn't worth it. Who's not being honest here?

    September 1, 2010 at 8:32 am | Reply
  93. Cheryl from MN

    Sexypapa......sorry but I feel you are wrong...the world is NOT a safer place. Bill .... I agree with your comment. Sean.......I like your second paragraph. Baldur........IT WAS NOT WORTH IT. The government that is running Iraq doesn't know what the heck they are doing, and they have not improved the living conditions of it's people, to this day, many still do not have running water and electric.....they don't know the first thing about democracy. The US has demonstrated it´s strength as the NEIGHBORHOOD BULLY and it´s will to sacrifice lives for oil, power and control. Iraq is a country full of unlucky inhabitants. In the long run this tiny little war will prove it was NOT worth it. I think you will see as time goes by that this war was a big mistake, Reykjavik-Iceland.

    September 1, 2010 at 8:47 am | Reply
  94. Cheryl from MN

    mohamed...........I agree......Bush got what he deserved.....a shoe in the face! I had forgotten up until now that, that had happened. I laughed so hard when I saw that, I felt like doing that, myself, to him, Cheney, Rove and Rumsfeld. 1000's of shoes should have been thrown.

    September 1, 2010 at 8:51 am | Reply
  95. John

    Well the Iraqi war was nonsense of a person with power. Many billions were thrown in the desert to seek the most dangers arm for USA destruction and the arm was in the White House, satisfying his personal ambitions and starting a war, which never could be won, making US enemies and producing terrorists all around the word. But the question “was this war worth” is like kicking a man when he is down. Once the war with very glorious and doubtful “victory” is ended it is smart enough to ask the question. How wise! What was the position of CNN in the beginning? I remember a question of the top ranked CNN reporter answering another reporter question (the question was ‘what about the iraqui children’) the answer was “Which side are you taking?”. Now these children are the terrorists.

    The question actually is “is any war in this region worth for”? Can we win the war in Afganistan? The problem is not how many days will last to conquer this country without any army, the problem is how many years and billions of dollars will last to understand that there is nothing worth to conquer in this country. The USSR did it for 10 years; the Brtish Empire did it for 80 years (1839-1919).

    The USA started to stick the Afgan mess in 1979 helping the then beloved Talibans to overthrow the government. Helping the Talibans, which law was a Koran where it is written: “do not make your friend a man from other religion”; “the people with other religion must be humiliated until they beg for to be killed”. Since then till the terrorist acts in NY the USA helped all radical Muslims, thinking that they are friends. Clearly the top strategists were not willing to read.

    Now USA is in Afganistan, seeking God knows what, throwing billions in the caves of the Afgan mountains and convincing nobody that it is peacekeeping mission. Once again engaged in a war that can’t be won. The reason – the leader of 200 USA trained Talibans organized a terrorist acts in NY. He was located in Afganistan. Invited by the Taliban government that regain power by a coup, inspired by the USA . Of course, great reason to send hundreds of thousands American soldiers there!

    Great reason to throw billions of dollars in the Afgan mountains instead of reinvesting them in the national economy. It is really amazing that nobody talks about the effect of the expenses of the war debt on the national economy! Everybody wonder why the unemployment is so high, why there is no money in the banks to invest in the economy. Well, if I through my money in the desert, albeit to be stupid, I will be hungry after that. If the government throws the money in the desert, there will be no money in the banks to invest in the USA. Because there is no money to invest in the economy there is no money to pay the workers and the unemployment will be high.
    And other things too, as for example loosing the economic world leadership.

    September 1, 2010 at 10:06 am | Reply
  96. Peter

    Cheryl from MN – I sent a pair of shoes to the White House.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  97. www.twitter.com/hlmelsaid

    it was destroying,bloody,pain war,decision for USA,IRAQ AND ALL THE WORLD.

    September 2, 2010 at 12:06 am | Reply
  98. Cheryl from MN

    Peter..........that was an amusing comment. Really. 😉

    September 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  99. J. Falcão

    The aim of this war: to find out weapons of mass destruction. Is this war worth it? No! There were not WMDs, lots of civilians were killed and lots of soldiers gave their lives for nothing. George Bush should pay for all those lost lives!

    September 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  100. Pradeep Kumar

    This war was essential. You still are unable to judge the risks involved. You went to their house to kill them without giving them the second or the hundredth oppotunity to attack you and you are repenting over it. If your mother needs an operation to save the life, you may need to amputate a limb of hers. She is your mother but you have to do it. What else? But it was done too late. So the sufferings have been higher. At this moment, let us not forget the martyrs who did so much for us. Think of a hijacked plane carrying 100 passengers flown to Kabul and the Islamists putting conditions for their release. Think of a Bombay-type attack on New York. Think of the worse that one can. If you agree, then support the marines cause.

    September 4, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  101. Pradeep Kumar

    If you shout, or write in capital letters it does not mean that your "right" is the only right. Please opine normally.

    September 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  102. Luke

    9/11 – I could not believe what happened. That is what terrorism is all about – you do not know who or from where. I sat there thinking about what the response to the attack will be. First Afghanistan and then Iraq. The US did not sit and wait, they went on the offensive. I believe that this is the correct response to terrorism. After the Iraq war, terrorism is getting worse – children and women suicide bombers are being used – it would have gotten to this point even if the war in Iraq did not happen. Who would have thought that 9/11 would have happened?

    When Hitler was preparing his army, people sat and waited – did nothing.

    He almost pulled it off.

    If there was a George bush in Africa, then maybe Robert Mugabe would be out of power right now.

    September 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  103. not swayed by evil media

    oh cmon.

    if it was for oil, then where's the oil kids?!?! why am i still paying a lot to fill up?

    and people who say that there was no weapons of mass destruction...wtf. what are weapons of mass destruction? they're nuclear, chemical, or biological. now, do you how many hundreds of thousands of barrels of chemicals used to make ANTHRAX (which was used on the kurds) in saddam's 'victory of america' palace??

    and the three ethnic groups there, kurds, shia, sunni, are killing eachother on their borders. we were there to try to stabilize that.

    it was never for oil.

    with a crazy mo fo like saddam in power in iraq with those weapons...well i'm not sure if this was worth it. in fact, i can only call the beginning of it a war. the past 7 of the 9 years we were in war in afghanistan and iraq have just been a police effort, much like the war on drugs. but more intense.

    its hard to call it war, when its not with a country. we can't just send a b52 there.

    so i'm not saying whether it was was worth it or not. i'm just saying the media is playing you guys. whoever said it was for oil was probably a dumb liberal activist.

    September 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  104. Austin

    The war in Iraq was about oil. No disputing that. However! We were also fighting Insurgency in Iraq. 9/11 Is a painful memory that terrorism is all too real. But defending Kuwait and setting up an democracy in Iraq was all about oil and money. It's partially our fault that it lasted so long. We couldn't make up our minds whether to leave or stay. We sent troops, brought them back, and sent them again in a cycle. If we just stormed the area, or just left completely the war may have lasted a year at most. In short the war was a hard, long drawn out money battle and wasn't worth the money or loss of life.

    March 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Reply

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