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What good are the wars that we are fighting doing for us?We spend 300 million dollars a...

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rupert221 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 14, 2012 at 5:45 PM via web

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What good are the wars that we are fighting doing for us?

We spend 300 million dollars a day to invade a country. What's does anyone get out of it beside us being in their country causeing more problems. Are they trying to take oil and if so who gets the money cause I know tax payers don't.i know they attacked one day in 2001 but they had to us are plane. To me it just seems liek their third world country cant pay to invade and herras us like we do to them. 

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rupert221 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 14, 2012 at 6:04 PM (Answer #2)

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if they were attacking my family andfriends it would make me want to go bomb them. So why would we do that to them? If Ron Paul woulda won he would have stop the nonsense. But the puppet won instead.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 14, 2012 at 6:15 PM (Answer #3)

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I don't think that very many people seriously believe the war in Iraq was about taking their oil. 

I think we have mixed reasons for going to war.  For example, we are still fighting in Afghanistan and they have no oil.  We're there trying to get the country to be stable and out of the hands of the Taliban.  We think that's in our national interest, partly because we don't want that area to be a terrorist breeding ground.  In Iraq, we fought (in part) because we want stability in the area.  Sure, that's partly because we (and the rest of the world) need their oil (not just, Iraq's but that of other countries in the region).  But that's not the same thing as saying we fought to take their oil.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 14, 2012 at 7:58 PM (Answer #4)

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There are some advantages to war.  It generally does spur on the economy.  However, the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan are not creating an all driving “war-machine” that is spurring the world’s economy.  The only ones getting wealthy are the ones who run the private security firms and the ones who make war materiel.  

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM (Answer #5)

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While I have been opposed to the war in Iraq, I wouldn't say that it was about taking their oil. Wars have complex economic, strategic, and ideological origins, and the war in Iraq was no different. We can disagree with a war (or any political decision) without caricaturing it. 

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 17, 2012 at 2:33 PM (Answer #6)

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Wars rarely are thought of as good, however they are sometimes necessary.  Consider WWII for example.  Nations could not simply stand by and watch as Hitler and the Nazi's killed thousands and created vast destruction in an attempt to build an empire.  While we may agree or disagree with the reasons to go to war, they are rarely simple reasons.  If the US was simply after oil, they would be trying to take over Iraq or other oil producing countries.  This isn't the case.  The US is trying (right or wrong) to promote democracy and stability.  The results of such wars are often better economic and humanitarian environments for everyone.  Of course, it doesn't always work out that way.  Wars have a cost that cannot be ignored.  Sometimes, not going to war can also have grave costs. It is easy to point to a war and say we shouldn't be doing that when we don't have all the facts or we hold some misinformation up as true (I'm not speaking of any particular war in this statement, but rather on a general note).

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rupert221 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 17, 2012 at 4:00 PM (Answer #7)

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I should have said if its for money who gets it cause I know the tax payers don't.

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rupert221 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 17, 2012 at 4:15 PM (Answer #8)

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If I went toIraq and lost my life. Would it actually change something or would they just send more?

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rupert221 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM (Answer #9)

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I should have said if its for money who gets it cause I know the tax payers don't.

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rupert221 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM (Answer #10)

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If I went toIraq and lost my life. Would it actually change something or would they just send more?

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rupert221 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 17, 2012 at 4:20 PM (Answer #11)

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It sounds like the drug war, the government could end it but they just don't, their has to be a reason. And if are soldiers are in another country how are they gonna protect America?

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rupert221 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 17, 2012 at 4:21 PM (Answer #12)

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If I went toIraq and lost my life. Would it actually change something or would they just send more?

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rupert221 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 17, 2012 at 4:21 PM (Answer #13)

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It sounds like the drug war, the government could end it but they just don't, their has to be a reason. And if are soldiers are in another country how are they gonna protect America?

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bullbudder | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM (Answer #14)

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for a straight ANSWER "no" GOOD

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