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. Cult of Personality

    And to all the Tea Party and GOP TRASH out there? Who started these wars "that cost too much"?? It sure as heck wasn't the left-wing liberal base, but rather yours truly, President George W. Bush and the GOP / Tea Party TRASH right-wing extremists !!!!

    October 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Thank you, Cult of Personality. I couldn't have said it better.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • kayjulia

      I am with you Cult of Personality .... Shoulder to shoulder on this subject and the blame lies squarely at George W. Bush's doorstep along with his ego maniac alter ego Vice President Darth Vader !!!! Damn War Criminals I say!!!

      October 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • slider

      Voted on and approved by a democrat controlled congress. Finance voted on and provided for by a democrat controlled congress. As much as you would like to it is hard to rewrite history.

      October 5, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Right Wing Nutcase"

      The next time you walk down the street, and you get knocked down, don't defend yourself. If I'm reading this correctly, you'd rather whine about getting knocked down than actually block a punch. Then you want to take the person to court first with an assault charge, rather than defend yourself and punch back and wind up a bloody mess, because it would make you look too much like an aggressor,

      Yours Truly
      the GOP / Tea Party TRASH right-wing extremists !!!!

      October 6, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bathory

    And how long is 9/11 going to be an excuse for invading every country we want? Bring them home!!!

    October 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LA Belle

      Superb point. The Seals going for Saddam Hussein would have been better than two wars. That was Bush's mission to begin with, 'cause he wanted to kill my daddy'.

      @Slidder–Voted on and approved by a Democratic Congress. It's called compromise! Something the Republicans refuse to do...and that too will go down in history. And let's not forget the wars were based on lies that Democrats did not know about at the time. Can't rewrite history there either.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Besides the unsustainable cost both in national treasure (which we no longer have) and American lives, what is scary is that there is no end insight. No clear goals & no exit strategy.
    Gen. Mullen said today in an interview disavowed 2014 withdrawal of American forces & said that we could be there a lot longer. Perhaps a 100 years? As one of the architects of these disasters Dick Cheny had said.

    We are getting weaker as a world power & economic edifice. Playing like fools by the book of Al-Qaeda, Talibans & now Haqqanis. Drumming up Islamophobia at home, turning whole regions which are vital for our strategic & economic goals & populations hostile, losing long time allies. Making other powers like Russia, China, India & Iran the beneficiaries of our follies and military misadventures.
    Our woes multiplied by kowtowing to foreign 'leaders' like that thug & master of deception, Netanyahu. Who has been playing us for fools for decades. Weak kneed politicos in Washington taking commands from Tel Aviv over issues which impact American interests.
    At home the mess of our own making is neglected. Unemployment, fiscal & financial desperation, education, health care, infrastructure, violent crimes, drugs so on & so forth. A growing discontent with the system and politicians. Its bad.
    What began as a take over of Wall St could snowball.
    Time we wake up and take stock of where we are headed.

    October 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u.

    If these wars had been funded correctly from the beggining, this would not be as much of an issue as it is. Blame Mr. Bush and co. for cutting the taxes before starting the wars and then not retracting those tax cuts.

    October 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin in Atlanta

    Start 2 wars and cut taxes at the same time? And now these same Republicans what us to believe they are the ones to bring fiscal sanity back to Washington.


    October 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • LA Belle

      Just heard Hatch (R) saying cutting spending was his primary concern. The hell with the unemployed, hell with sending Trillions of tax dollars to foreign countries, hell with tax paid-for Social Security, hell with corruption and theft, hell with the middle-class and the poor, hell with U.S. businesses out-sourcing and paying no taxes, to hell with the American lives being lost for no reason. The Republicans are trashing the American way of life; and what a waste of our tax dollars going to pay them to succeed with all this.

      Don't forget any of this when you're in the voting booth.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Well said, as usual.

    Ditto. And hello.

    October 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I meant @bobcat2u, of course.

    October 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u.

      Hello banasy

      I wish I had time to talk with you today, but I have to head out.
      Hello to one and all fellow posters. I'll try to catch up with ya'll tomorrow. Don't leave me too far behind.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. yada

    We need to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan ASAP, period! Bring our troops home!

    October 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 11BravoPapa

    Been to Iraq once and Afghanistan once. Good people but in all honesty they only care about what we can do for them. Time to pull out and go home

    October 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. George Patton

    Only an absolute halfwit would say that these obscene wars were worth the cost of fighting them while in fact we have no right fighting them at all. We have but two reasons to fight these obnoxious wars, one being the fact that U.S. big business interest stands to make a great deal of money and the second being that the right-wing politicians are using them to promote their political carrers!!!

    October 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mad Ole Lady

    Not just the cost of money but the cost of so many lives. These "wars" need to stop.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom in the Great NW

    The Cheney-Rove-Rumsfield-Dubya decision TO ATTACK THE WRONG COUNTRY, IRAQ, placed us in this position. Troops that SHOULD HAVE ENGAGED AL QAEDA and the TALIBAN were USED TO ATTACK a nation THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ATTACKS OF SEP. 11, 2001.
    ....This should tell us that the President is doing his best to MAKE REPAIRS that were inflicted upon us BY THE SAME ONES THAT NOW BEAT THE HARDEST.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scottish Mama

    Bring our children home.

    October 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    I second that, Scottish Mama.

    October 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    I 3rd 4th 5th and 6th that ladies

    October 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
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