Overheard on CNN.com: The cost of recent wars too much
In a study published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, only one-third of post-9/11 veterans say the wars have been worth the costs.
October 5th, 2011
01:11 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: The cost of recent wars too much

Comment of the morning:

“I don't want to be a country of war anymore...” - Allisoncares

We love our troops, but not prolonged wars

As America marks the 10th anniversary this week of the Afghanistan conflict, a study published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center demonstrates low-level support for the continued conflict — but strong support for U.S. troops.

Many CNN.com readers shared their frustration about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying that the costs have been too high. Other readers simply said the time to bring home troops is long overdue. And some readers said they still believe the wars were just.

minguey said, “All the health services those wars could have paid for. All the things we could have spent the money on like a crumbling infrastructure.... Just a few days ago CNN reported how the US military is GIVING AWAY most of its equipment in Iraq simply because it is cheaper to give it away than to bring it back home. MASSIVE waste, the lives of not only 4.5K US soldiers but an additional 1.2K soldiers from allies....and (according to the Armed Forces own report leaked by Wikileaks) 105K dead civilians.

Meanwhile, the jobs go to China, the richest get richer and we are infected with a Tea Bagger cancer that has poisoned the nation with the worst of the worst America has to offer.

Bring the boys and girls home, shut down the bases, save the CASH and start taking care of the OTHER WAR....the one on the poor, the unemployed and the future.”

LukeO27 said, “If we cared about American lives, we'd be putting trillions into preventative health care, not wars. Wars are about profits and power. Power for the government and profits for the Military Industrial Complex.”

globaldecay said, “Ten years ago, when we invaded Iraq the second time, a lot of people were trying to compare it to Vietnam. As a Vietnam era veteran I saw two main similarities.1) Both wars ware started under false pretenses and 2) Both wars were entered into with a belief that we could not lose and the war would be over in no time.
For making these comments I was called un-patriotic. Ironic.”

sadtosay said, “Incredibly the war in Afghanistan has less clear goals than that of the Iraq war. Ten years is a long time I still don't know what the benefit was other than filling the pockets of war profiteers.”

nightowl79 said, “America hasn't been in a justified war since World War II.”

bejee45 said, “These wars are destroying our Country. We should end them now, not next year or the next, but now.”

Afghanistan: 10 years, 10 perspectives

SF308 responded, “The only US presidential candidate who will do that is Ron Paul.”

BigAls said, “Being a vet, the military forces don't support the wars. They follow orders of the President and are reminded of it every day. It’s a job. They would be happy coming home and policing our own crime areas, slums, and borders.”

pianobarb said, “Yes, we love our troops, what we hate is seeing these young men die, unnecessarily as a result of the government's questionable intervention and presence in foreign countries for 10 years. Get in and get out...I find it hard to believe it takes 10 years, then hope the country won't revert back when we leave. If we took war off the table as an option (and not use it as the first option) I wonder what other solutions could be found.”

hootie1fan said, “’Poll: Americans love troops, not war.’ As someone who has served, most troops feel the same way. At least the sane ones do.”

FixedAngle said, “It's been post WWII for over 60 years now. Time to kick the habit of policing the world. We can't afford it and it creates a ton of ill will. Time to start dealing with critical issues inside our borders: unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and an unsustainable dependence on fossil fuels. It's part of the American mentality to think we can do it all. We can't.”

sfcian responded, “It's not really policing the world. You kind of have to think bigger picture. Any time we can eliminate a violent, extreme, sectarian government and replace it with at least something that resembles a democracy favorable to us, that is one less enemy to deal with in the future. Not to sound like a broken record, but unless you've been to those countries to see the changes in the last 10 years, it's very hard to see the finish line, or even any value on why we are there. But I can tell you, it will be a very long time before the country of Iraq poses any threat to US interests.”

whyusefacts said, “For those of you who don't think the war was worth fighting - How many times do we need 9/11 type attacks before going to war is worth it?”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. gung hoe

    Sure have missed you momma and of course queen banasy

    October 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tony

    Being Strangers in a strange land for too long, our courageous men and women need to be brought home. Our country's days of nation building are all but over. American's now need to look inward and rebuilt the greatness that once was ours

    October 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chillipepper

    Everything cost too much. You can't do or fix anything like a bridge,roads, etc. without paying major bucks. Then we get taxed to death because everything has so much red tape, channels to go through . A hunderd different fees to pay because too many people/agencies have a hand in a project Can't even have the first lady go on a little trip without costing half a millions dollars. RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH!,

    October 6, 2011 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Paul D. Jackson

    This is not the first time we had troops fighting someone else s war,,,,,and we lost the last one in V. N., we never learn and we don't know how to change those in power.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Right Wing Nutcase"

      Yes, Mr. Jackson the Vietnam War. A confliclt leftover from France, that was escalated by none other than our own, yes I said it, republican, Richard Milhous Nixon. A thankless conflict that ended up being one of the most devastating wars for it's size, in history. But it was Nixon, that enevitably ordered troop withdrawl.
      Then you say, we never learn, and we don't know how to change those in power. Obama, is living proof, that the pressure from the liberal left, was enough to invoke a temporary shift in government. How many years has his office been in power, AND THE TROOPS ARE STILL THERE.
      We don't know how to change those in power? That sounds like some of the people I know, that ALWAYS say around election time, "I didn't vote, it won't matter". I don't talk to people like that, because: 1. That's a cop out or too lazy to NOT register with the Board of Elections, to exercise YOUR EXCLUSIVE RIGHT to vote. 2. The opposition depends on VOTER APATHY (the I don't care syndrome). You do whatever you want Mr. Paul D. Jackson

      October 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bills Cat

    Time to stop letting the US arms-makers call all the shots (oops). We're the largest weapons manufacturer in the world, but there has to be wars to sell the goods. So the folks at Northrup talk to the Senators that have major arms making in their states, and the war goes on. And on. And on. It's not about democracy or human rights or police actions - it's about money, profit, bottom line.

    October 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Thank you, Bills Cat. You pretty much said it all. Like Pres. Eisenhower tried to warn us back in Feb. 1959, the MIC(military-industrial-complex) has pretty much taken over this country and now we're perpetually at war!!!

      October 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LA Belle

    @Jeff-It was President Obama who said troops should be withdrawn by August, 2011. However, Republicans were against stopping the progress that they claimed was being attained. We should be there for 100 years for the security of this country and to allow these foreign countries to form a democracy; hallucinatory remarks by some Republicans.

    So when do you think the two wasteful wars started by Bush will end and our military will come home? Not until the Military Industrial Complex and weapons manufacturers have reached their profit goals and they can reward the Republicans for allowing it to go on. Get it right and put the blame where it belongs.

    There is no President in office that can accomplish his goals for this country with one party that is on an obsessive mission to destroy this country and a decent way of life for all Americans.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voltaire

      Being the Commander-in-Chief, the President has the authority to start an immediate troop withdrawal, regardless of the protests of congressional leaders of either party and top military officials. The only man who is honest and committed enough to do this despite pressure from warmongers in every department of government is not an Obama or a Bush, it is Ron Paul. If he isn't the one who can accomplish this then there is no one capable in out corrupt government.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Very well said, Voltaire. We do need a President like Ron Paul to get us out of these useless and unnecessary wars but unfortunately, there are too many ignorant fools in the Republican Party who are unwilling to vote for him. In fact, it's ignorance that is tearing this country down and serves as fodder for the ever growing, right-wing Tea Party Movement.

      October 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sandcanyongal

    menguey. You said it all as did all of the other commenters. Thank you and great respect for the sanity of so many of my fellow Americans. You give us hope for a better future.

    October 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. smdntv

    Just got off phone with good friend who is now dating a man who works for a defense contractor and must share. He is 24 years old and a high school graduate who operates security camera at a base in Afghanistan who just signed his second contract for $180,000 for one year. He is eligible to and hopes to sign a second contract for the same time period to do "IT" work for, get this, $260,000. Think there's some economic inequity here? What are the troops making? That's not my real issue...how many billions of dollars are the defense contracting companies making? I was an auditor, and I can tell you the answer is plenty.

    October 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • FUNR

      And still no one mentions that the defense industry is infested with traitors and thieves, both in and out of government. What else can you call this? Their only loyalty is to self-enrichment!

      October 9, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • mamasnothappy

      War is very profitable and employs a lot of highly paid people. If we buy our oil from countries that are our friends, these companies, KBR, Blackwater . . . would have to cut their work force and a lot of those employees will lose their jobs. The worst part of war is the damage it's doing to our own troops and support forces. Over 6,000 have lost their lives but the injured will be with us and need a lifetime of assistance. If they're cutting our government programs in the middle of a war, imagine when time goes by and the profiteers no longer want to support our veterans.

      October 10, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. José Henrique

    The American Federal budget is about US$ 3,4 trillion. But in USA, 20% of the resources are spent in weapons, and other 19% are "discricionary" (maybe, 39% of the American budget went to the wars).

    December 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
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