George W. Bush (alleged) self portrait as displayed by Towleroad.com
Ten years after America's illegal invasion of Iraq, here is the Balance Sheet.
IRAQIS DEAD: MORE THAN 110,000
IRAQIS WOUNDED: MORE THAN 800,000
IRAQIS EXECUTED BY AUTHORITIES: 447
US MILITARY PERSONNEL DEAD: 4,487
US MILITARY PERSONNEL WOUNDED: 33,183
TOTAL COST TO US DURATION OF THE WAR: $3 - $4 TRILLION
AMOUNT UNACCOUNTED FOR: $8 BILLION
Source: The Globe & Mail, March 19, 2013
While the above report puts Iraqi deaths at over 110,000, other reports suggest 150,000 to 200,000. In addition, three to four million Iraqis have become refugees, many of them professionals, causing a brain drain and severely hampering country's administrative capacity, leaving a rag tag bunch of mullahs and mediocre bureaucracy in charge.
Expenditure on this war alone is near 28% of US national debt. Strange that Republicans, who now are so adamant about cutting debt and expenses, were gungho about this war and never questioned or objected to this Bush/Cheney extravaganza.
More importantly, why is the International Criminal Court (ICC) silent and why have they not charged the alleged war criminals; Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Rice etc.? If they cannot indict them for war crimes, then they might as well pack up their court and go home.